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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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Eva Lucia
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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William Blake is indeed one of my favourite poets. He has a certain specific way of writing that intrigues me every time I read his literary works.
I especially love the poem “The Nurse’s song” which I would consider my favourite. I was even so inspired that I made music to the poem and turned all of his beautiful words into a musical product. It’s featured on my album "Tundra" and it has a ver special place in my heart.

Come come leave off play, and let us away
Till t
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poets
Another pocket-sized book. To me, this is Blake's masterpiece and having the plates alongside the poems is a visual delight.
Jeff Crompton
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 31, 2014 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
Teo 2050
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Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read this for an editing project in my bibliography and methods class. So many good poems I never got to read in undergrad because we were busy slothing through Daughters of Albion and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. One favorite I'm starring for future use is basically a treatise for the integration of beer into church. This is a great snippet of Blake for beginners.
Nov 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Blake.
Excellent, inexpensive edition of the Songs.
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was amazing to read the poems mirrored in songs of experience from the earlier songs of innocence.
No matter how many times I read the tyger the rhyming in the first para always gets me.
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely collection of poems with the artwork. Simple beauty and depth.
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
some of the most memorable poems are in here :)
Michael Avery
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Marks my return to reading poetry. I should like to read The Songs of Innocence too.
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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. ”
“O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

- The Sick Rose
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