The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 2: Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Songs of Innocence and of Experience v. 2
The core of William Blake's vision, his greatness as one of the British Romantics, is most fully expressed in his Illuminated Books, masterworks of art and text intertwined and mutually enriching. In 1949 the William Blake Trust was founded to bring these rare, in some cases unique, works to a wider general audience through the publication of superbly produced facsimiles o...more
Songs of Innocence was what I was looking for, with its naïve outlook on life, the idyllic pictures of innocence I was unwilling to leave behind on my trek to youth. I was enamored ( ...more
...Folly is an endless maze;
Tangled roots perplex her ways;
How many have fallen there!
They stumble all night over bones of the dead;
And feel — they know not what but care;
And wish to lead others, when they should be led.
- William Blake, "The Voice of the Ancient Bard"
The smile of a child. The face of a lamb. The purity of maternal love. Solidarity. These are images chosen by Blake to convey his thoughts on innocence. When I think of innocence, I cannot help picturing in my head the greenest mea ...more
I know, I'm very purply in my prose when I talk about books, and I have a tendency to say everything is beautiful. I know this probably takes away from the impact of when I really find something life-changingly perfect. Do not let my larkety-la-ti-da writing style in reviews, however, stop you from putting down whatever you're reading, and immediately adding this precious book to the store of books you've read.
I can honestly say that, if the other things William Blake wrote are as beautiful ...more
Among the poems I appreciated :
THE GARDEN OF LOVE
I laid me down upon a bank,
Where Love lay sleeping;
I heard among the rushes dank
Then I went to the heath and the wild,
To the thistles and thorns of the waste;
And they told me how they were beguiled,
Driven out, and compelled to the chaste.
I went to the Garden of Love,
The book of contrast, I like to call it. Full of extremes at both ends. A joy to the heart in the innocence chapter. Then destroys it all and more with the experience chapter.
Amazing read! purely amazing!
You might feel a bit bored of the overly joyous innocence poems, but when you start reading the experience poems, the book becomes perfectly balance ...more
The duplicity with which this book is written is its most defining characteristic, making it a direct reflection of the world we live in. It's short, but encompassing; it's safe to say that the breadth of emotions I felt in the hour I spent reading this book were more vivid and diverse than the emotions I'm going to feel this coming week.
My favorite William Blake anecdote says that when he was four years old he saw God peering into his bedroom wi ...more
Songs of Innocence and Experience are poems composed on vibrantly colored and detailed plates. ...more
Songs of Innocence and Experience is a must-read period, regardless of genres. Anyone with an artistic soul will only benefit from its beauty and perfection. It is truly an enriching experience.
The Chimney Sweeper is my personal favorite. I cry every time I read it without fail.
تجربتى الأولى كانت مع شاعر أمريكى معاصر هو تشارلز سيميك، وهذه الثانية لشاعر إنجليزى من القرن الثامن عشر، كلتا التجربتان مريرتان ومخيبتان للآمال، ومضيعة للوقت.
ترجمة الشعر هو أسوأ ما يمكن تقديمه للقاريء والشاعر على السواء، فأقل ما يمكن أن تقدمه الترجمة للشعر هى السخافة..
روح الشعر فى اللغة.. إن فُقدت اللغة فُقدت الروح
إليك مثلا هذه القصيدة:
(آه أيتها الوردة، أنتِ مريضة!
التى تطير فى الليل،
فى العاصفة التى تعوى،
قد عثرت على سريرك
ذى الب ...more
Ricordando che furono scritte in un tempo in cui i bambini orfani venivano utilizzati, senza scrupoli come spazzacamini ed infilati in canne fumarie spesso ancora roventi, molti morivano o ne rimanevano gravemente ustionati ...
In un tempo in cui i genitori abbandonavano i loro figli nella nebbia non potendoli sfamare ...
In un tem ...more
THE DIVINE IMAGE.
THE LITTLE BLACK BOY.
A POISON TREE.
And their sun does never shine
And their fields are bleak and bare
And their ways are filled with thorns
It is eternal winter there
A rebel all of his life ...more
I don’t completely understand why some people choose to take the classics, respect them for what they are on the shelf, and then shove them into a box in the back of the closet. I understand that some may feel the classics are a little over analyzed, but the more you read them, the more you comprehend them and the more you understand how very important they are in the grand scheme of the literary world.
Hence why I pulled my weathered copy of the ...more
He was barely into his teens when he wrote some of this material. Amazing.
And he may have had magical powers.
Story goes that little William is showing some promise as an engraver and etcher. Mama and Papa Blake bring the kid over to an established, professional artisan with a nudge toward being his indentured servant. Kid gets to learn a trade, gets some contacts and a steady gig out of it, all's well with the world.
Well, after spending an afternoon with the engraver, Blake says (and ...more
From Songs of Innocence my fave poem is THE CHIMNEY-SWEEPER every time I read it I ended either with tears in my eyes or a smile on my lips, maybe both, not sure. I just love it.
From Songs of Experience my favorite is the tyger, how silly I was when I thought it just a mere pleasant 'song' for ears. When in fact it was not a song at all, not even close to a one. I won’t go deep ...more
не ходить в пальто, но в одной рубашке.
Если вдруг на дворе будет дождь и слякоть,
мы, готовя уроки, хотим не плакать.
Мы учебник прочтем, вопреки заглавью.
То, что нам приснится, и станет явью.
Мы полюбим всех, и в ответ — они нас.
Это самое лучшее: плюс на минус.
Мы в супруги возьмем себе дев с глазами
дикой лани; а если мы девы сами,
то мы юношей стройных возьмем в супруги,
и не будем чаять души в друг друге.
Потому что у куклы лицо в улыбке,
мы, смеясь, с ...more
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