The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake

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Anchor Books, 1982 - Poetry - 990 pages
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Since its first publication in 1965, this edition has been widely hailed as the best available text of Blake's poetry and prose. Now revised, if includes up-to-date work on variants, chronology of poems and critical commentary by Harold Bloom.

An "Approved Edition" of the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association.
 

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Contents

PREFACE XXlii
1
Songs of Innocence and of Experience
7
To Mr Thomas Butts Sep 23 1800
15
A Divine Image
32
Visions of the Daughters of Albion
45
America a Prophecy
51
Europe a Prophecy
60
The Song of Los
67
To William Hayley 26 October 1803
737
To William Hayley Esqre 13 Deer 1803
738
To William Hayley Esqre Jany 14 1804
739
To William Hayley Esqre Jany 27 1804
740
To William Hayley Esqre 23 Feby 1804
741
To William Hayley Esqre March 12 1804
743
To William Hayley Esqre March 21 1804
744
To William Hayley Esqre March 31 1804 74J 41 To William Hayley 2 April 1804
745

The Book of Ahania
84
The Book of Los
90
The Emanation of The Giant Albion
144
The Gates of Paradise
259
On Virgil
270
PROPHETIC WORKS UNENGRAVED
276
POETICAL SKETCHES
408
King Edward the Third
423
Prologue intended for a dramatic piece of King Edward
439
AN ISLAND IN THE MOON
449
SONGS AND BALLADS
466
Silent Silent Night
471
SATIRIC VERSES AND EPIGRAMS
499
To F
508
THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL
518
BLAKES EXHIBITION AND CATALOGUE OF 1809
526
DESCRIPTIONS OF THE LAST JUDGMENT
552
PROSPECTUSES
567
THE MARGINALIA
583
INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES ON OR FOR PICTURES
671
MISCELLANEOUS PROSE
692
THE LETTERS
699
To Mr Thomas Butts Octr 2d 1800
711
To my Friend Butts I write
712
To Mrs Butts
714
To Thomas Butts 10 May 1801
715
To Mr Thomas Butts September 1801
716
To Thomas Butts ca SeptOct 1801
717
1802 7i8 23 To Thomas Butts 22 November 1802
720
To Mr Butts Jany 10 1803
723
To James Blake Jany 301803
725
To Mr Butts April 25 1803
728
To Thomas Butts July 6 1803
729
To Mr Butts August 16 1803
731
O why was I born with a different face
733
Blakes Memorandum August 1803
734
To William Hayley 19 September 1803
736
To William Hayley Esqre April 7 1804
746
To William Hayley Esqre 27 April 1804
747
To William Hayley 4 May 1804
748
To William Hayley 28 May 1804
749
To William Hayley Esqre 22 June 1804
752
To William Hayley Esqre 16 July 1804
753
To William Hayley 7 August 1804
754
To William Hayley Esqre 28 Septr 1804
755
To William Hayley 23 October 1804
756
To William Hayley Esqre 4 Deer 1804
757
To William Hayley 18 December 1804
758
To William Hayley Esqre 28 Deer 1804
759
To William Hayley Esqre 19 Jany 1805 76i 56 To William Hayley 22 January 1805
762
To William Hayley Esqre 22 March 1805
763
To William Hayley 17 May 1805
765
To Mr Hayley 27 Novr 1805
766
To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine ca June 1806
768
To Richard Phillips Oct 14 1807
769
To Ozias Humphrey Esqre ca May 1809
770
To Dawson Turner Esqre 9 June 1818
771
To Thomas Butts? ca 1818
772
To John Linnell? Oct II 1819
773
To Mrs Linnell II October 1825
774
To John Linnell Esqre 2 July 1826
778
1826
779
To Mr Linnell 29 July 1826
780
To Mrs Charles Aders 29 Deer 1826
781
To John Linnell Esqre PFebruary 1827
782
To Miss Maria Denman 14 March 1827
783
To Mr Linnell 25 April 1827
784
To Mr Linnell 3 July 1827
785
TEXTUAL NOTES BY DAVID V ERDMAN
786
COMMENTARY BY HAROLD BLOOM
894
INDEX OF TITLES AND FIRST LINES
973
I Rubens am a Statesman 8c a Saint 513
979
Copyright

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About the author (1982)

William Blake's poems, prophecies, and engravings represent his strong vision and voice for rebellion against orthodoxy and all forms of repression. Born in London in November 1757; his father, a hosier of limited means, could do little for the boy's education. However, when the young Blake's talent for design became apparent, his wise father sent him to drawing school at the age of 10. In 1771 Blake was apprenticed to an engraver. Blake went on to develop his own technique, a method he claimed that came to him in a vision of his deceased younger brother. In this, as in so many other areas of his life, Blake was an iconoclast; his blend of printing and engraving gave his works a unique and striking illumination. Blake joined with other young men in support of the Revolutions in France and America. He also lived his own revolt against established rules of conduct, even in his own home. One of his first acts after marrying his lifetime companion, Catherine Boucher, was to teach her to read and write, rare for a woman at that time. Blake's writings were increasingly styled after the Hebrew prophets. His engravings and poetry give form and substance to the conflicts and passions of the elemental human heart, made real as actual characters in his later work. Although he was ignored by the British literary community through most of his life, interest and study of his work has never waned. Blake's creativity and original thinking mark him as one of the earliest Romantic poets, best known for his Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) and The Tiger. Blake died in London in 1827.

Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

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