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Poems of William Blake

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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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Jan 28, 2008 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2times, 2008_read
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
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
Oct 05, 2011 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Blake was and is a prophet. We can all still learn from his wonderfully strange works.
May 09, 2012 Cherise rated it liked it
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
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.
Logan Dalton
Jun 25, 2012 Logan Dalton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erik Moore
Aug 31, 2014 Erik Moore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This set of poems of William Blake includes Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, and The Book of Thel. While I enjoyed the direct English poetic style, Blake's content is a school-book like simplicity while reaching into the myths of his era as he strove for depth. His transformation from the Songs of Innocence to the Songs of Experience provides a sense of life's disillusionment, but I am left hoping for more beyond this where he can cast in verse the subtleties even deeper in observations ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This was my first time reading poems by William Blake and I can’t say I was terribly impressed. Admittedly, I don’t read much poetry but I do enjoy it once in a while.

The main problem I had with these poems is that they made me feel like I was a 10-year-old schoolgirl again. They were simplistic, dreadfully unoriginal and quite boring. To me Blake’s poetry lacks rhythm and his verses lack fluidity. Definitely not the kind of poetry I enjoy reading.
Gabriel Iqbal
Dec 13, 2014 Gabriel Iqbal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“As a person is, so they see. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.” - William Blake... What more do you want to know...
Mar 13, 2015 Seemita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I usually love poetic expression, the kind that sometimes remains largely elusive in descriptive writing. The lyrical blanket around words excites me no bounds.

Poems, the first I have ever read of Blake, did shine through some pages. That uncanny ability of all revered poets, to highlight the crux of an event in the most simple, yet lovely jugglery of words, is seen in Blake's penning too. However, those moments did not appear as frequently as I would have liked to. The subjects, Summer, Spring,
Feb 19, 2015 sabisteb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
William Blake war eigentlich von seiner Ausbildung her Kupferstecher. Er arbeitete zum Broterwerb auch als Illustrator für andere Autoren.
Seine eigentliche Passion scheint aber eine Art verschrobener Naturmystizismus gewesen zu sein, denn in seiner Freizeit dichtete er und entwarf eine ziemlich bizarre, christlich inspirierte Mythologie, die sich mir vollkommen entzieht, weil sie mir einfach zu verschwurbelt ist.
Diese Gedichte druckte er als ganze Seiten, Text und Illustrationen jeweils auf eine
Mar 21, 2015 Galicius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, poetry
I was introduced to William Blake only with “London” and “The Tyger” long ago and was also shown (with due respect) amazing prints and drawings at the Tate Gallery in London. These “simple” poems confirm immediately his great flights of spirit and imagination.

“The Chimney-Sweeper” is a reminder of the horrid practices through 1875 of sending children as young as four down chimney with a brush to sweep the soot (owing to their small size). They were sold as virtual slaves by their parents or tak
angel  castillo
Mar 23, 2015 angel castillo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To See a World in a Grain of Sand, by William Blake.

***Spoiler Alert*** While people wonder, and ask questions to find some meaning to what faith or religion in general is... We forget the simple things in life that prove where actual answers can be found. Those things are not hard to find, neither have they had some actual value to get. They don't even symbolize some meaning that they may be supposed to have. Yet, why do these things exist? Water, sand, soil, plants, air, life. The fact that na
Roy Lotz
May 10, 2015 Roy Lotz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Angel that presided o’er my birth
Said, ‘Little creature, form’d of Joy & Mirth,
Go love, without the help of any Thing on Earth.’

As I’ve said before, I feel a bit uncomfortable reviewing poetry. I don’t have the proper tools; I lack the vocabulary. Critiquing poetry, to me, is like critiquing a human body. I don’t know why one face pleases me, and another pleases me not; I simply couldn’t say why I find one shape shapely, and another shape misshapen. When I see a pleasing face or an att
Senaida Nunez
Apr 21, 2015 Senaida Nunez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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E.G. Jönsson
I actually listened to the edition from Svenska Ljud Classica, read by Sam Stinson. Unfortunately, the reading was a little too much like a "school piece" for me, read without any real connection with the material, just hammering out the syllables. Granted, I don't like overly emotional readings either, so I'm hard to please here. It was still delightful to re-experience The Songs of Innocence & Experience, as well as The Book of Thel. Blake, the hippie, Blake, the Goth, Blake, the coiner of ...more
May 13, 2015 Elspeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blake focuses on religion a bit to much for my taste. I do like The Tyger, but that might be from reciting it in grade school, and it being the only poem that was familiar.
Jun 01, 2015 Loretta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sinceramente, di solito, faccio un po' fatica a leggere libri di poesie.
Questa volta devo dire che è stato tutto diverso, perché questo libro mi è stato consigliato da una donna con la quale, anche se ci conosciamo da poco tempo, è nata sin da subito una profonda sintonia.
Quindi, il fatto che mi abbia consigliato questo libro dicendomi che ci avrei trovato dentro un po' di me, ha acceso sin da subito la mia curiosità.
In effetti, aveva proprio ragione. Alcune poesie hanno parlato alla mia vita.
This Kindle edition contains Songs of Innocence, and Songs of Experience, with The Book of Thel thrown in as a neat/weird little bonus. I feel like this is a pretty good introduction to William Blake, but the problem is that that’s kind of it. It’s an introduction. Not much more.

Don’t get me wrong though, these poems are solid. More or less. Innocence is fairly solidly constructed even if it’s all very disarmingly simple to me, and Experience doesn’t progress very much further than that, but it’
Nov 16, 2015 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, poetry
Blake's simple, lyrical Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience were my favorite poems by him. Some of his longer poems start out well then seem to become nonsensical verse. Maybe it's me. The Prophetic poems were beyond my sense of understanding. These conjure up images of Mordor and other such bleak environs.
As I said simple was best:

" I walked abroad in a snowy day,
I asked the soft snow with me to play;
She played & she melted in all her prime,
And the winter call'd it a dreadful crime."
Kennan Bell
Nov 19, 2015 Kennan Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roses are red, violets are blue, this is considered a classic poem, but I found the poems in, Poems by William Blake, to be amazing. I love the rhymes like "Piping songs of pleasant glee, On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me: "Pipe a song about a Lamb!" So I piped with merry cheer. "Piper, pipe that song again;" So I piped: he wept to hear" Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe; Sing thy songs of happy cheer:!" So I sang the same again, While he wept with joy to hear". I like them becaus ...more
Rob Dudek
Cruelty has a human heart,
And jealousy a human face;
Terror the human form divine,
And Secresy the human dress.

I'm sensing that William Blake was a rather peculiar individual. Most of his poems aren't exactly what you would call quotable, but I think that it might be because that wasn't his intention in the first place. The poems themselves are quite brilliant actually (as far as my mind can conceive) however, in this particular volume Blake had a bit of a theme going on with a child-like percepti
Feb 10, 2016 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating collection of powerful poems that not only give you things to think about but also presents an amazing look into Blake's mind. With poems covering nearly every topic it's hard to not enjoy his collected works.
Felix Purat
Apr 08, 2016 Felix Purat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The English language is so coarse, vulgar and lacking in depth that one has to make a great effort to find any moment where English comes together in a way where the words are as beautiful to look at as their meaning is profound and deep. The poetry of William Blake constitutes one of those few gracious moments of success: in a time where reading poetry can seem tedious even to those who enjoy and understand poetry, Blake reminded me of how musical, magical, meaningful and pleasing reading poetr ...more
Dianna Caley
Jun 25, 2016 Dianna Caley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kindle will not let me finish without review

May 13, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Micah Robbins
This collection - selected by Patti Smith (who also writes a brief introduction) - includes a nice sampling of Blake's work, including the complete Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Smith also includes a good deal of the Poetical Sketches and a few choice pieces from The Pickering Manuscript, which are great. As for the mystical works, Smith gives us all of The Book of Ahania, which is relatively short, and brief excerpts from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Milton, a Poem in 2 Books; ...more
May 28, 2016 Thom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About 3/4 of this is pure genius. Too short, I need to find a longer and illustrated compilation of Blake's poetry. Deserves modern recognition. Worth your time.
Alice Lippart
Aug 15, 2016 Alice Lippart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2016
This felt like visiting an old friend, as I've read quite a bit of Blakes poetry before. Still love it.
Elijah Libert
Oct 18, 2016 Elijah Libert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this poem book because of the way it looks, it is so pretty. My favorite poems in it were The Tiger, The Fly, The Sick Rose and Songs of Innocence.
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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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“   In what distant deeps or skies    Burnt the fire of thine eyes?    On what wings dare he aspire?    What the hand dare seize the fire?    And what shoulder and what art    Could twist the sinews of thy heart?    And, when thy heart began to beat,    What dread hand and what dread feet?    What the hammer? what the chain?    In what furnace was thy brain?    What the anvil? what dread grasp    Dare its deadly terrors clasp?” 1 likes
“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!” 1 likes
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