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Hear the voice of the Bard
Who Present, Past, & Future sees
Whose ears have heard
The Holy Word
That walk'd among the ancient trees.

--from "Songs of Experience"
Both as poet and painter, William Blake created uncompromising, highly original art. He was strongly influenced by the spiritual: he claimed to have seen angels, and to have spoken with the many supernatural being
Paperback, 153 pages
Published 2010 by Phoenix
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Feb 28, 2016 Vishal rated it it was amazing
He who sees the Infinite in all things sees God. He who sees the Ratio sees himself only.

Therefore God becomes as we are, that we may be as he is

William Blake - aside from being a genius - is perhaps one of the most quoted poets in the world (just read Auguries of Innocence), and he can also claim to have given inspiration to Jim Morrison (via Aldous Huxley) when he was looking for the name of his band:

If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.
Feb 21, 2011 Alusha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I absolutely love William Blake, he is a genius!
Feb 21, 2011 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clever. Brilliant. Thought provoking.
Mar 29, 2013 Ascalon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The beauty of the written word is never complete without realizing the strength of its equivalent spoken word. That is poetry in its basic form.

At a young age, William Blake saw angels in a tree sometime between 1765-67. This experience prompted him to study drawing, engraving, and lastly, painting--probably to record visions not generally seen by common people in his time. In his later years he suffered poverty and neglect but his rare talent in literatur
Bernie Gourley
Mar 18, 2016 Bernie Gourley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: poetry lovers.
Blake’s “The Tyger” is one of my favorite poems, and one of the few that I’ve bothered to memorize. Even if the words made no sense, they sound beautiful together, but not only do they make sense they forge powerful imagery. Blake wrote many poems that managed to be both pleasing to the ear and meaningful.

This collection consists of about 80 poems and fragments (of longer poems) that are pulled from Blake’s collections. Much of Blake’s work is about nature, though the worlds of man and the divin
Sep 05, 2009 Harley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poets and wanna-be poets
Shelves: poetry, read-2009
I read some poems by William Blake while in college and looked at some of his drawings, but I have not read him since. When I was reading Burning Bright by Tracy chevalier which had Blake as a minor character, I decided to read some of his poems.
This book has a selection of Blake's short poems as well as selections of some of the longer poems. There are none of his drawings.
Some of the poems are obviously more difficult than others with allusions to historical and mythical figures.
Here are the
May 02, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, classics
Reading William Blake is like drinking hard cider through a fire hose the size of the Columbia River. I read this book of selections over two nights this time... maybe next time I'll have to slow down further and contemplate these more. Favorites this round included "The Angel," "The Voice of the Ancient Bard," and "The Mental Traveller." Some of the longer works like "Jerusalem," "Milton," and "The Book of Thel" have beautiful imagery, but in most of it I'm not quite sure what it means. Blake d ...more
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Earth rais'd up her head,
From the darkness dread & drear.
Her light fled:
Stony dread!
And her locks cover'd with grey despair.

Prison'd on watry shore
Starry Jealousy does keep my den
Cold and hoar
Weeping o'er
I hear the Father of the ancient men

Selfish father of men
Cruel, jealous, selfish fear
Can delight
Chain'd in night
The virgins of youth and morning bear.

Does spring hide its joy
When buds and blossoms grow?
Does the sower?
Sow by night?
Or the plowman in darkness plow?

Break this heavy
Phil Mc
Feb 19, 2011 Phil Mc rated it it was amazing
It's Blake; it's ace!

This collection is as good a way as any into Blake's poetry. Presented here are selections of his early, more simplistic poetry; the full songs of innocence and experience; and excerpts from his longer prophetic works.

If the prophetic works are your interest then this will leave unsatisfied but a flavour of their tone, oddity and complexity is on offer here.
Alan O'Keeffe
Jun 04, 2015 Alan O'Keeffe rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, poetry, british
I intended on reading this collection collection slowly, but that did not happen. I had studied some Blake as part of my university course and thought he wasn't great. I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this collection. The contrasting poems from different viewpoints are fantastic. Oh and the rhyming schemes..... They are amazing!
Karen Wellsbury
Mar 16, 2014 Karen Wellsbury rated it it was amazing
Every time I read his work I am totally amazed at what a different world he saw, and how difficult it must have been for him. One of my favourite poets ever
Apr 28, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it
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The ending verses let it down a bit.
Stuart Cooke
Dec 28, 2012 Stuart Cooke rated it liked it
Probably not the best way to read Blake...
Grady Ormsby
Mar 13, 2011 Grady Ormsby rated it liked it
Blake. Visionary. Seer. Mystic. I enjoyed this selection of poetry as much as I could without becoming a student of Blake's mythology. Much is hard to follow without the proper connections.
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William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake's work is today considered seminal and significant in the history of both poetry and the visual arts.

Blake's prophetic poetry has been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the language". His visual artistry has led one modern critic to proclaim h
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