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Unabridged, full color value reproduction of Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake. This classic poetry, written in 1789, was originally hand colored on each page and is reproduced here in full color for a visually rich experience.

Songs includes his most famous poem, “Tiger Tiger burning bright, In the forests of the night,” and many others.  Interesting to read, and unique to Blake’s poetry in this collection, are that the poems of Innocence are often counter poised with the poems of Experience.

This book of poetry is provided to the reader in a slim volume with the full color plates and text at an affordable price.

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William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker.

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Masterpieces of English lyric poetry, written and illustrated by William Blake. Songs of Innocence, published in 1789, was Blake's first great demonstration of "illuminated printing," his unique technique of publishing both text and hand-colored illustration together. The rhythmic subtlety and delicate beauty of both his lyrics and his designs created rare harmony on his pages. The poems transformed his era's street ballads and rhymes for children into some of the purest lyrics in the English language. In 1794 Blake published Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul. It contained a slightly rearranged version of Songs of Innocence with the addition of Songs of Experience. The poems reflect Blake's views that experience brings the individual into conflict with rules, moralism, and repression; as a result, the songs of experience are bitter, ironic replies to those of the earlier volume. The Lamb is the key symbol of Innocence; in Experience its rival image is the Tyger, the embodiment of energy, strength, lust, and aggression. See also THE TYGER. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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