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The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake, New and Revis... by William Blake
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Mar 26, 09

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Read in December, 1987, read count: 1

Like other Romantic poets, Blake’s themes include nature and the imagination. His originality is in the mythic system he creates and employs in his major “prophetic” works (The Four Zoas, Milton and Jerusalem The Emanation Of The Giant Albion, for example; Northrop Frye’s book Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake is a study of development of this mythic system). Songs of Innocence And of Experience are more accessible to readers reading Blake for the first time (but they, too, have their ambiguities—Harold Bloom is a good commentator on these). Other works like An Island in the Moon and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: A Facsimile in Full Color do not require too much knowledge of Blake’s mythology (some knowledge of Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy or of Arthur Rimbaud’s poetry is particularly useful in regard to The Marriage).
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