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
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,I don’t think I would dare give any collection of poems that contains the above lines anything less than five stars. Luckily, although every poem isn’t a winner for me (cough*Laughing Song*cough), there are so many immortal poems in this collection that I don’t feel the least bit guilty for giving the collection the full five stars. I started collecting some of my favorite lines ...more
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
Poet Poet, burning bright,
In the stanzas of the night;
What romantic coquetry,
Could frame thy fearful poetry?
In what distant when or whys,
roll'd the epic of thine eyes?
On wet verse dare he aspire?
What poet's hand, robs Shelly's pyre?
And what meter, & what art,
Could twist the cadence of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread iambs? & what dread feet?
What the motif? what the type,
In what belly was thy gripe?
What the image? what simile,
Dare its ...more
I can say, however, that the title kinda gives the whole gig away. :) The first section is rife with allusions to Jesus and the second is full of wry and rather sarcastic religious revolutionary insights that I *clearly* appreciate much more than the innocent ones. :)
Yes, love should be shown! No, life should not be this dreary and repressed thing. :)
I particularly l ...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 mead ...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
A boa conjugação das ilustrações com a simbologia e os jogos sonoros, fazem destes poemas uma obra única, a fazer lembrar os livros infantis que encontrava lá por casa guardados pelos meus pais. O ritmo e as repetições conferem-lhes uma deliciosa musicalidade, aliás, consta que o autor ti ...more
Canções de Inocência e de Experiência , poesia do século dezoito, cerzida com a doutrina religiosa, com o escrúpulo linguístico, motivada pelas dinâmicas e assimetrias da Alma humana casada com a Natureza.
Todo o que Nasce de Mortal Nascer,
Co' a Terra consumido deve ser
Para se erguer de Geração liberto;
Tenho algo a ver contigo eu por certo?
Os Sexos de Pudor & Orgulho vindos
Floridos de manhã; à noite find ...more
It could be b/c I studied him alongside many whom I felt were vastly superior: Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, BURNS, SCOTT (in caps b/c LOVE my Irish poets), Hopkins came a bit later and is considered Victorian, but I don't care b/c LOVE him, too . . . "The just man justices . . ."
Indeed, he does.
So yeah . . . for me, Blake doesn't measure up.
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,
You might feel a bit bored of the overly joyous innocence poems, but when you start reading the experience poems, the book becomes perfectly balanced
My favorites were of course in the experience chapter:
I loved the Clod and the Pebble It really was the ultimate poem of contrast.
'Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a heaven in hell's despair.'
So sung a little clod of clay,
Trodden with the cattle's feet,
But a pebb ...more
Let me explain. This is inspired by Friend Dawrin8u’s Poem=Review of Songs of Innocence And of Experience. See, every time I hear “Blake” I hear “Daniel Amos”. See, Daniel Amos is/was an influential beatlesque artsy xian rock band who had their hay=day in the ’80’s. And they were slightly Blake soaked. It’s not like I’ve actually read Blake beyond a few things in that course on the Romantics, but, well, I’ve got this totally c ...more
Songs of Innocence and Experience are poems composed on vibrantly colored and detailed plates. ...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
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!"
So your chimneys I sweep & 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, & that very night,
As Tom was a-sleeping he had such a sight!
That thousands of swee ...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.
Sit in a cage and sing?
How can a child when fears annoy,
But droop his tender wing
And forget his youthful spring?"
"Dear Mother, dear Mother, the Church is cold
But the Ale-house is pleasant and warm."
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