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Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake
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Nov 01, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry
Recommended for: People that aren't dumb

You probably read some Blake in your high school English class, most likely poems from this work, but it's quite a different experience to read the entirety of Songs of Innocence and of Experience, especially with the lovely illustrations. In much of his work, Blake explores contrary, but necessary, states of mind, and in his "Songs..." this comes out in many strange and beautiful ways, not only contraries between the two states (innocence and experience) but also within those states. The interpenetration of the poems is what makes it important to read the work as a whole, and the richness of many lyrics that on first glance seem painfully simple is thereby brought out. I would highly recommend this little hardcover edition to anyone, it's as handy as it is beautiful.
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