Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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 This compact hardcover edition of William Blake's classic Songs of Innocence and of Experience is the perfect size for students and collectors of classic poetry. The lovely cover illustration shows a painting from Blake's era, the mid-1700's, and each page is designed as the author designed it centuries ago, in its handwritten text atop illustration.   

Wiliam Blake, the artist, writer, and Romantic visionary who went largely unrecognized ruing his lifetime, is now hailed as one of Britain's greatest creative geniuses. The Songs of Innocence and of Experience contain some of Blake's best-loved poems and form a stirring, poignant reflection on the range of human experience from childhood to adulthood.

This edition reproduces the complete collection in the original illuminated manuscript form. The combination of text and image, sometimes tightly interwoven, is typical of Blake's remarkable, individual style, in which the artist and his creations form the bridge between poles of being, between innocence and experience.

The Songs of Innocence:

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
Night
Spring
Nurse's Song
Infant Joy
A Dream
On Another's Sorrow

The Songs of Experience:

Earth's Answer
The Clod and the Pebble
Holy Thursday
The Little Girl Lost
The Little Girl Found
The Chimney Sweeper
Nurse's Song
The Sick Rose
The Fly
The Angel
The Tyger
My Pretty Rose Tree
Ah! Sun-Flower 
The Lily
The Garden of Love
The Little Vagabond
London
The Human Abstract 
Infant Sorrow
A Poison Tree
A Little Boy Lost 
A Little Girl Lost
To Tirzah
The Schoolboy 
The Voice of the Ancient Bard 

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Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, William Blake was a visionary English poet, painter, and printmaker. His wide-ranging influence can be seen in genres from theology and literature to popular music and graphic novels.

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Both the student and connoisseur of the classics will enjoy this series of inexpensive audiobooks, each of which includes a Dover-Thrift edition of the text. The newcomer to classic poetry and prose, in particular, may experience in their spoken form an awakening to the beauty and power of these literary masters. It's hard to imagine a better introduction to William Blake's poetry than stage actors Brian Murray's and Suzanne Toren's audio rendition of SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE. Their alternating readings of Songs of Innocence vibrate with the reverence of Blake's vision of childhood as paradise lost; in Songs of Experience one fully senses Blake's later disillusion. The two books provide counterpoint to each other, an effect enhanced by the use of male and female readers. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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