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Songs of Experience

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One of Blake's most inspired creations, "The Tyger" mingles the lyric and mystical in an exquisite union. Now you can experience the beauty of this and other poems the way Blake intended them — with his own hand-colored illustrations giving them visual form.
This facsimile edition of one of Blake's celebrated "Illuminated Books" reproduces a collection of calligraphed poems
Paperback, Facsimile Reproduction with 26 Plates in Full Color, 48 pages
Published July 1st 1984 by Dover Publications (first published 1794)
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Jan 28, 2008 Tony rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
I LOVE having the color plates. I take Blake very personally, because when I went to grad school, I was split between the idea of studying printmaking and studying poetry writing, and as you can imagine William Blake was a great model for me--the great model for me--of a western poet who managed to integrate the two arts. I've always loved his work, almost decided to write my dissertation on the guy, but couldn't get into the later, wild, wacko epic poems. These early poems, though, kick butt, a ...more
Jeff Crompton
This wonderful little edition of Blake's masterpiece is best experienced along with Dover's facsimile edition of Songs of Innocence. Several years after publishing that illuminated book, Blake expanded it into Songs of Innocence and of Experience; the Experience section is reproduced here. Blake moved several poems from Innocence to Experience, and added several poems, like "The Chimney Sweeper" and "Holy Thursday," which share titles with earlier poems in Innocence.

The Dover edition is reprodu
Kally Sheng
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
Jul 27, 2007 Jenni rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Another pocket-sized book. To me, this is Blake's masterpiece and having the plates alongside the poems is a visual delight.
May 16, 2015 Helen added it
some of the most memorable poems are in here :)
Nov 30, 2008 James rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Blake.
Excellent, inexpensive edition of the Songs.
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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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“Every Night and every Morn
Some to Misery are born.
Every Morn and every Night
Some are born to Sweet Delight,
Some are born to Endless Night. ”
“Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun:
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done.

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow:
Arise from their graves and aspire,
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.”
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