Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two

Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul Songs of Innocence and of Experience is an illustrated collection of poems by William Blake It appeared in two phases A few first copies were printed and illuminated by William Blake himself in 1789; five years later he bound these poems with a set of new poems in a volume titled 


About the Author: William Blake

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 artsBlake'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



10 thoughts on “Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul

  1. says:

    Two contrary states of the human soul The moon like a flowerIn Heavens high bower;With silent delightSits and smiles on the nightNightAt times the weight of the reputation of an artist is that intimidating I can barely overcome trepidation to venture into


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    “Am not IA fly like thee?Or art not thouA man like me?” Out of all the poetry I have read these four lines are amongst my favourite They have stuck with me over several years and seem to resonate within me I’ve even considered having them tattooed onto my


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    I have to admit that I rarely read poetry not because I don’t want to but mostly because my library usually doesn’t have the kind of poetry that I long for So imagine my surprise when I found this little new gem in between one of my beloved and already so very familia


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    Tyger Tyger burning bright In the forests of the night What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?I don’t think I would dare give any collection of poems that contains the above lines anything less than five stars Luckily although every poem isn’t a winner for


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    Billy Blake Who Made Thee? Poet Poet burning bright In the stanzas of the night; What romantic couetry Could frame thy fearful poetry?In what distant when or whys roll'd the epic of thine eyes?On wet verse dare he aspire?What poet's hand robs Shelly's pyre?And what meter what artCould tw


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    Folly is an endless maze;Tangled roots perplex her ways;How many have fallen thereThey stumble all night over bones of the dead;And feel — they know not what but care;And wish to lead others when they should be led William Blake The Voice of the Ancient BardThe smile of a child The face of a


  7. says:

    Well one lousy review can't do Blake's poems any justice not unless you're flush with time and the soul of a poet yourself I can say however that the title kinda gives the whole gig away The first section is rife with allusions to Jesus and the second is full of wry and rather sarcastic religious revol


  8. says:

    I adore William Blake's poetry and this illustrated collection is fantastic Unlike other British poets from centuries back like John Donne for example his text is usually far easier to read even without a thesaurus and always delightful and full of imagery a Must


  9. says:

    My first brush with Blake was through the impeccable poem London than a decade back Since then I'd got to read poems of his all carefully chosen by the academicians uickly putting him in my list of favorite poets Then before I reached my twenties I read this little collection and liked it immensely Songs of Innocence


  10. says:

    That moment when your favorite Tv Show makes you read Romantic poetry of the 18th century


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