Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Book - 1991
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Princeton University Press

The core of William Blake's vision, his greatness as one of the British Romantics, is most fully expressed in his Illuminated Books, masterworks of art and text intertwined and mutually enriching. In 1949 the William Blake Trust was founded to bring these rare, in some cases unique, works to a wider general audience through the publication of superbly produced facsimiles of each book. By the late 1980's these facsimiles had themselves become rare books. The Trust accordingly resolved to initiate a collected edition that would publish accurate reproductions of all the Illuminated Books to be accompanied by notes and commentaries by leading Blake scholars. Songs of Innocence and of Experience, one of the best known of the books, is now reproduced in paperback for the first time from the King's College, Cambridge copy--sometimes known as "Blake's own copy." The poems have been edited with introduction, notes, commentaries, and bibliography.

Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : William Blake Trust/Princeton University Press, [1991]
Copyright Date: ©1991
ISBN: 9780691069364
Branch Call Number: 821 BLAKE
Characteristics: 209 pages : 54, 12 color facsimiles ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Lincoln, Andrew


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Jul 26, 2016

This text has each poem paired with accurate color plates of the art that accompanied each poem. Also included are scholarly discussions of the art and the poetry. I enjoyed experiencing the art with poetry from my own perspective and then having the opportunity to learn from Blake experts.


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