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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Paperback, 102 pages
Published July 11th 2011 by Chapman Press (first published 1905)
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I can't say that I liked the majority of Blake's poems , I found them repetitive and . . . out of touch with the ordinary person's perceptions of life perhaps ? I did enjoy the cheeriness for a change , child like and innocent . But the few poems that I really treasured from this work , I was deeply moved by them . And as others have commented , I see why he was controversial , those were the poems I was expecting and got the most out of .

Here was my favorite of William Blake's by far : A Poiso...more
Logan Dalton
William Blake was a mystic poet who was not afraid to challenge the religious and political views of his day. Like the other Romantic poets, he creates beautiful images of nature especially in "Songs of Innocence); but he is not naive and understands the natural and moral evil that haunts the universe and provides haunting imagery of evil and demonic power. Blake also brings up some interesting philosophical questions in his longer poems The Everlasting Gospel and Marriage of Heaven and Hell whe...more
William Blake was and is a prophet. We can all still learn from his wonderfully strange works.
I’ve heard so much about William Blake over the years so I was looking forward to reading this to see what all the fuss was about. England is very proud of him and to be honest I was pretty disappointed until I got about half way through this book. The majority of his poems in this collection were about lambs and children both with heavy religious overtones. Not that I have anything against lamb, children, or Jesus, I just wasn’t expecting it. Blake was a pretty outspoken and controversial figur...more
An interesting thing happened during this reading. Once, a long time ago, a younger Fogus read this book and loved the "Songs of..." collections. However, an older and wiser(?) Fogus was a bit bored by the same works. However, the older and crustier Fogus liked the lesser known Blake works included in this compilation; namely:

"The Book of Thel"
"The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"
"The First Book of Urizen"
"The Song of Los"
"The Book of Los"
"The Book of Ahania"

These "prophetical" works seem to me to h...more
Suncan Stone
Took me a while to get back into olde English (no, I am not that old, just haven't read anything similar in a while). Absolutely love the poems where he does not attempt to create something great (like a historic epic) or where he does not fall into his worship; his every day theme poems are truly beautiful, ones like How sweet I roam'd from field to field, The smile, The mental traveller, The ecchoing green, The little boy lost, etc...
I also like his engraving entitled I want, which seems to ex...more
Similar style to Tennyson but while Tennyson focuses on the human experience Blake is more concerned with the soul. Still great!
When I saw this neat little compilation of poems by William Blake (whom I much admire) was selected by poet and musician Patti Smith, I was immediately drawn in. This small volume did not disappoint. It's just as easy to get deeply lost in Blake's writing as it is to flip open a page for a quick fix. As an initial fan of Blake, I admit to being a tad biased, although I think this modest collection of Blake is worth a try for anyone.
The simple poems about children and nature are lovely. One of my favorite is "The Ecchoing Green." The religious / industrial commentary embedded in sci fi poetic images can be hard to follow. It is fun even wihtout a professor to point out the hidden connections. He was a radical into equality and anti religious doctrine. The demon imagery is striking.
I expected a little more out of the poems, but just being bounced around in my purse as leisurely reading is different than gorging on it while lazing around at home. Still I didn't find anything overly contemplative or terrific in ones I was just discovering, yet was excited to read the classic Blake I had read before.
I was surprised by how often I was moved by the poetry in this modest collection. I haven't read Blake since my teenage years and I remember back then being less impressed with his style. And truthfully, I glazed through some of these poems but there's a reason why Blake is still regarded as a seminal, groundbreaking poet.
It was a nice collection of poetry. It was repetitive in places. Some of the poems were going along beautifully and then all of a sudden went in a totally different direction. Talk about mood killer. He should have quit while he was ahead. It was a good book, but I highly doubt that I will ever read it again.
Mark Nenadov
I go back and forth about Blake. At his best, he writes really, really good poetry (for instance, I love The Tiger). Other times I am not a fan of his poetry at all. In my opinion, when he tries really hard to be prophetic his poetry often get really distasteful.
This is probably not the most enjoyable of Blake's poetry, although the latter half of the book - 'Songs of Innocence' and 'Songs of Experience' is quite nice.
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Not nearly as good as Poe, whom I just read. Blake's poems seem choppy with short lines that do not flow well in my view.
Amazing poems particularly love The Tyger timeless classics. Would definitely recommend! :-)
Has his moments; Blake's enthusiasm for his stuff is enough for both of us.
Lauren Piper
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i love to keep this around and get confused every once in a while.
loved this book...he is a poet, philosopher and overall genuis...
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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...more
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“THE LAMB      Little Lamb, who made thee      Dost thou know who made thee,    Gave thee life, and bid thee feed    By the stream and o'er the mead;    Gave thee clothing of delight,    Softest clothing, woolly, bright;    Gave thee such a tender voice,    Making all the vales rejoice?      Little Lamb, who made thee?      Dost thou know who made thee?      Little Lamb, I'll tell thee;      Little Lamb, I'll tell thee:    He is called by thy name,    For He calls Himself a Lamb    He is meek, and He is mild,    He became a little child.    I a child, and thou a lamb,    We are called by His name.      Little Lamb, God bless thee!      Little Lamb, God bless thee!” 0 likes
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