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Penguin Classics
30 March 2006
Poetry; Penguin Black Classics
Writer and religious rebel, William Blake (1757 1827) sowed the seeds for Romanticism in his innovative poems concerning faith and the visions that inspired him throughout his life. Whether describing his own spirituality, the innocence of youth or the corruption caused by mankind, his writings depict a world in which spirits dominate and the mind is the gateway to Heaven. This collection of his greatest works spans his entire poetic life from the early, exquisite lyrics of Poetic Sketches to his Songs of Innocence and Experience, and is a compelling exploration of good and evil. Together, they illuminate a self-made realm that has fascinated artists and poets as diverse as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Yeats, and Ginsberg.
By:   William Blake
Edited by:   G. E. Bentley
Series edited by:   Christopher Ricks
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 201mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   292g
ISBN:   9780140424461
ISBN 10:   0140424466
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   30 March 2006
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books, Blake proclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the 18th-century. Misunderstanding shadowed his career as a writer and artist and it was left to later generations to recognize his importance. G. E. Bentley, Jr. has taught at the universities of Chicago and Toronto and is an authority on William Blake and his circle of friends. His most recent books include a 2-volume edition of Blake's Writings, The Stranger from Paradise: A Biography of William Blake (2001), and Blake Records (2004).

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