Selected Poems of William Blake

ISBN: 1853264520
ISBN 13: 9781853264528
By: William Blake

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William Blake was an engraver, painter and visionary mystic as well as one of the most revolutionary of the Romantic poets. His writing attracted the astonished admiration of authors as diverse as Wordsworth, Ruskin, W.B.Yeats, and more recently beat poet Allen Ginsberg and the 'flower power' generation. He is one of England's most original artists whose works aim to liberate imaginative energies and subvert 'the mind-forged manacles' of restriction.This volume contains many of his writings, including: 'Songs of Innocence', 'Songs of Experience', 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell', and a generous selection from the Prophetic Books including 'Milton' and 'Jerusalem'.

Reader's Thoughts


Don't get this edition! Not having the pictures is *so* frustrating.But, boy, Blake is crazy--it's all very exciting.

Justin Wiggins

Certainly a volume I will return to again and again.

Hélène Lurçat

whenever sufferingEnglish poets are the best


The Poison Tree and A Clod of Clay are my favorite.

Abrar Alnasiri

Blake, the dark angel of poetry!With his amazing dark thoughts mixed with the beauty of nature and fancies from heaven and hell.I cant favor a poem over the otherI cant believe he wrote them back in the 1790s !It feels like he is a spirit from past with this scarlet and sophisticated language who came to write about now days!

Dawn Shanks

Kayla (the 2-year-old I nanny for) and I are reading this together. We try to do a poem or two before naptime, always ending with "The Tyger," which I absentmindedly recited to her one day when we were taking a walk, and she was completely transfixed. We checked this out at the library and I think she's pleased to have an "adult book" and likes to keep it in her bed with her picture books during naps.

Cristina Contilli

Qualche anno fa l'avevo abbandonato, ma ora ritrovandolo mentre sistemavo i libri per il trasloco ho scoperto che invece non è così "male"... certo è una poesia visionaria ed ironica, però, ha un suo fascino...


"He who binds to himself a joyDoes the winged life destroy;But he who kisses the joy as it fliesLives in eternity’s sun rise."


"To see a World in a Grain of SandAnd a Heaven in a Wild FlowerHold Infinity in the palm of your handAnd Eternity in an hour"-Auguries of Innocence"Thine loves the same world that mine hatesThy Heaven doors are my Hell GatesSocrates taught what MelitusLoathd as a Nations bitterest CurseAnd Caiphas was in his own MindA benefactor of MankindBoth read the Bible day & nightBut thou readst black where I read white"-The Everlasting Gospel


The master. He could speak to all the (dead) greats and put it back into his own art. Read this and expand your brain.

Martin Davies

My 3 stars does not go to Blake, of course, but, with a poet with such a huge and outstanding corpus, a mere 90 pages is a bit of a disappointment. Where is 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'? Where is 'Milton'? Anybody can print out a few poems from the internet; there are no copyrights on his work, and it's for free (excluding the cost of ink).


This is the first time that I have read a book of poems and I have to say so far this is not my cup of tea. Maybe I can blame this solely on Blake, I’ll have to hold back judgement on that until I have read other poems; I plan on reading Tennyson next, and I also have a book with German poetry sitting on my shelves so maybe it’s just Blake that I don’t get and not poetry itself. In the entire book there was only one poem that I liked. I didn’t care for most and some I abandoned half way through e.g. I only made it to the third night in Vala. I’m not religious, and there is no faith I believe in, and this coupled with the way Blake wrote, made this book a tedious read for me.

Jessica Woodruff

From his allusions of angels to his hand-crafted painted plates, Blake is first generation Romantic poet sure to entertain. His most famous poem is: Tiger, Tiger.


Moments of brilliance amongst confusion. Definitely recommended.


Absolutely beautiful.

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