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Songs of Innocence

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  673 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
William Blake's innovations in engraving techniques brought about his brilliant synthesis of visual and poetic art and signaled the beginning of his famous "Illuminated Books," of which the Songs of Innocence was the first and most popular. Unfortunately, Blake's vision is generally known to the world in amputated form: because of the difficulty and expense of reproducing ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by Dover Publications (first published 1789)
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Aug 25, 2015 Manny rated it really liked it
Celebrity Death Match Special: Auguries of Innocence versus Inside Out

Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine.
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.
It is right, it should be so;
Man was made for joy and woe;
And when this we rightly know,
We will off to Pixar go.

Match abandoned after players discover their true nature and just want to hug each other
Huda Yahya
Mar 15, 2013 Huda Yahya rated it it was amazing

When my mother died I was very young,
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!
So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.

There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head,
That curled like a lamb's back, was shaved: so I said,
"Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head's bare,
You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair."

And so he was quiet; and that very night,
As Tom was a-sleeping, he had such a sight, -
That thousands of sweepers, Dick
Jan 14, 2017 Eliasdgian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Θέλοντας να γράψω δυο λόγια για τα 'Τραγούδια της αθωότητας', μοιραία θα επιχειρήσω μια αναδρομή, ένα σύντομο ταξίδι στο χρόνο. Είναι η επιστροφή στο έτος 1997, στα δικά μου χρόνια της αθωότητας, όταν η μοίρα το θέλησε και απέκτησα το πιο εμβληματικό έργο του William Blake, τους 'Γάμους του Ουρανού και της Κόλασης' (εκδ.: Νεφέλη, μετ.: Χάρης Βλαβιανός). Θυμάμαι το φυλλομέτρημα των σελίδων του, τις εικονογραφήσεις των ποιημάτων (που σχεδίασε, χάραξε και χρωμάτισε ο ίδιος ο W. Blake), την κατάδυση ...more
Jan 06, 2017 Kenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry, brits
The need to read was strong today. I needed to silence the voices of Mrs. Dalloway and her guests. Songs of Innocence did so beautifully.


Blake's Songs of Innocence juxtapose the innocent, pastoral world of childhood against an adult world of corruption and repression; while such poems as "The Lamb" represent a meek virtue, poems like "The Tyger" exhibit opposing, darker forces. The collection explores the value and limitations of two different perspectives on the world. This was a beautiful rea
Jul 08, 2009 Kitty rated it liked it
I love reading this illustrated version. These are poems I read when my spirit is flagging and I've lost my inner child. It's good to take one on a walk, memorize some lines, then return home, with a "rural pen", imagine sitting inside a flower, reflect on another's sorrow, or the Chimney Sweeper, on infant's joy, listen for laughter in the woods, say a prayer to Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love, say out loud the poem "Night" to the lost little boy and girl. This and Songs of Experience were given to ...more
Jenn McCollum
Aug 28, 2014 Jenn McCollum rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
William Blake, in many ways, polarizes innocence and experience in his book of poems Songs of Innocence and of Experience. His exploration of these are literally separated by a frontispiece and title page. Moreover, he marks the primary differences between innocence and experience by showing the evolution of poems — “Infant Joy” in the first half becomes “Infant Sorrow” in the second, for example.

For Blake, there is, I think, a too-clean cut between the states of innocence and of experience. But
Feb 19, 2012 Sean rated it it was amazing
Simple and full of joy. These poems are the perfect blend of weird, bizarre, beautiful, and artistic. The artwork that accompanies them is equally bizarre. They are almost disturbing. Disturbing, maybe more intriguing than disturbing. No a mix of both. A great mix of both, one that had me whispering the poems as I read. Very good. It only reassures my growing love for 19th century art and poetry.
Eslam Mohammed
Oct 06, 2013 Eslam Mohammed rated it it was amazing
لو لم تدرس الشعر الانجليزى فعليك بقراءة أغانى بليك,ولو كنت درست الشعر الانجليزى,ولم تعرف أصلا من هو بليك,فابالتأكيد كان مدرسك لهذه المادة,شخص يدعى أمير شبل الكومى,بس كده:)))
Feb 10, 2016 wawbax rated it it was ok
Too innocent.
Mary Tuley
Aug 20, 2007 Mary Tuley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Poetry fans.
I find Blake difficult and ornery, yet I admire this collection.
Sep 11, 2015 ZaRi added it
Shelves: poem, classic, literature, myth

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
A Robin Red breast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage
A Dove house filld with Doves & Pigeons
Shudders Hell thr' all its regions
A dog starvd at his Masters Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State
A Horse misusd upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood
Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fibre from the Brain does tear
A Skylark wounded in the wing
A Cherubim does cease to si
Mahmoud Al-Refaay
Oct 05, 2015 Mahmoud Al-Refaay rated it really liked it
أغنيات البراءة هي ديوان يضم تسع عشرة أغنية من بديع الشعر والتصوير
وهي أول ما أقرأ لهذا الشاعر الإتجليزي المولود سنة 1757 والمتوفى سنة 1827 أي أنه عاش معظم حياته في القرن الثامن عشر حيث المدرسة الرومنسية في الفن والشعر والثقافة والأدب عموما
لذلك فهو في هذه المجموعة التي صدرت عام 1789 نراه متأثرا جدا بجماليات الطبيعة من حوله ويتعامل معها بنظرة طفولية بريئة ومليئة بالحب والخير والجمال والسلام والرحمة
وأحمد الله أني ثابرت وقرأت المجموعة بلغة شاعرها وبرغم أني قارىء غير جيد بالإنجليزية فقد قضيت وقتا ممتع
Kally Sheng
Jan 31, 2014 Kally Sheng rated it it was amazing
The William Blake Archive:

Songs of Innocence, and Songs of Experience:
Songs of Innocence, and Songs of Experience (Audio):

The Shepherd
The Echoing Green
The Lamb
The Little Black Boy
The Blossom
The Chimney-Sweeper
The Little Boy Lost
The Little Boy Found
Laughing Song
A Cradle Song
The Divine Image
Holy Thursday
Nurse’s Song
Infant Joy
A Dream
On Another’s Sorro
Jeff Crompton
Apr 15, 2014 Jeff Crompton rated it it was amazing
This little volume reproduces a 1790 copy of Blake's first illuminated book in more or less the same size as the original. It's a remarkable work, combining poetry, illustration, painting, and design. Blake hand-lettered his poems onto copper plates, added illustrations of varying complexity, and hand-colored the pages after they were printed. Some of the lettering is hard to read, but printed versions of all the poems are included after the facsimile pages. Dover's paperback edition is sturdy, ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Cynthia rated it really liked it
The Divine Image

To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and love
All pray in their distress
And to these virtues of delight
Return their thankfulness

For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and love
Is God, our father dear,
And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
Is Man, his child and care.

For Mercy, has a human heart
Pity a human face,
And Love, the hunan form divine,
And Peace, the human dress

Then every man, of every clime
That prays in his distress,
Prays to the human form divine
Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace.

And all must love the human form,
In he
Randolph Carter
Jun 09, 2012 Randolph Carter rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature, poetry
Blake's first illustrated book of poetry. Lovely book. Blake's poetry is a little too on the sentimental side for me but the verse is good. Almost seems like a book to be read to a child. I guess "Innocence" should have given that away. I didn't realize how religious Blake's poetry was (my ignorance!). He never mentions Christ by name but his metaphors are straight from the New Testament.

These Dover editions have always been the best value. They are glued but never seem to split or drop sections
Teo 2050
Nov 20, 2014 Teo 2050 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 05, 2016 Andrea rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy any of the new poems in this collection as much as I enjoyed the ones in Songs of Experience. There were more quirky subjects covered in that collection in comparison to this one. I do like the inclusion of the facsimiles of the original engravings. Those make for a neat comparison study.
Sep 27, 2012 melmarian rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, poetry
The Shepherd

How sweet is the Shepherd’s sweet lot!
From the morn to the evening he strays;
He shall follows his sheep all the day,
And his tongue shall be filled with praise.

For he hears the lamb’s innocent call,
And he hears the ewe’s tender reply;
He is watchful while they are in peace,
For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.
Jan 29, 2009 Heather rated it it was ok
Maybe I would like Blake more if I had read him before everyone around me called him a "genius", but the build up was too much and I don't get it. My husband and I argue about this because he likes him. But putting pictures with words doesn't make you brilliant - it makes you an author of children's books.
Ellioth Mess
Aug 08, 2016 Ellioth Mess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una belleza fonoestética. Calculo que para un lector creyente estos versos deben ser mucho más emotivos que para mí.

Recomiendo, para quienes tengan ganas de leer este poemario en su versión bilingüe, no comprar esta edición. Está muy mal traducida.
Jan 20, 2010 Brooke rated it really liked it
What a wonderful compilation of poetry and visual art. I found a sense of internal quiet while reading this and enjoyed the distinct world that Blake creates. I look forward to reading the rest of his work.
Nov 03, 2016 Shaimist rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
"Come live, and be merry, and join with me,
To sing the sweet chorus of 'Ha, ha, he!'" -Laughing Song.
Chris Schaeffer
May 04, 2012 Chris Schaeffer rated it it was amazing
I bought a little pocket-sized facsimile at a thrift store and read it in bed after arguing with my girlfriend. I was really stewing up there, reading Blake. It's ok everyone, we made up.
Yasemin Şahin
Oct 22, 2015 Yasemin Şahin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: siir
İnanılmaz çeviri hataları var! Tanrı'yı Allah diye çeviren adamın Altıkırkbeş yayınevinde n eişi var bilmiyorum.
Apr 21, 2016 D rated it really liked it
Just as innocent as William Blakes's being. Magnificent illustrations!! could easily be the earliest form of graphic novels
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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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