The Complete Poems

Edited by Alicia Ostriker
Paperback
$24.00 US
5.08"W x 7.76"H x 1.84"D  
On sale Mar 30, 1978 | 1072 Pages | 978-0-14-042215-3
| Grades 9-12 + AP/IB
One of the great English Romantic poets, William Blake was also an artist, mystic, and visionary. His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical Songs of Innocence and their counterpoint Experience—which juxtapose poems such as "The Lamb" and "The Tyger," and "The Blossom" and "The Sick Rose"—to highly elaborate, apocalyptic works, such as The Four Zoas, Milton and Jerusalem. Throughout his life Blake drew on a rich heritage of philosophy, religion and myth, to create a poetic worlds illuminated by his spiritual and revolutionary beliefs that have fascinated, intrigued and enchanted readers for generations.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
WILLIAM BLAKE was born in London in 1757. He was educated at home and then worked as an apprentice to the engraver James Basire before joining the Royal Academy in 1779. In 1782 he married Catherine Boucher, and a year later began his career as a poet when he published Poetical Sketches. This was followed by Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794), which he also designed and engraved. His other major literary works include The Book of Thel (1789), The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (c. 1793), Milton (1804–8), and Jerusalem (1804–20). He produced many paintings and engravings during his lifetime. Blake died in 1827. View titles by William Blake
The Complete PoemsPreface
Table of Dates
Further Reading
The Poems

Poetical Sketches
Miscellaneous Poems
King Edward the Third
Dramatic Fragments
Poems Written in a Copy of Poetical Sketches

Songs from "An Island in the Moon"
There is No Natural Religion [a, b]
All Religions Are One
The Book of Thel
Tiriel
Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Songs of Innocence
Songs of Experience

Notebook Poems and Fragments, c. 1789-93
The French Revolution
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
A Song of Liberty

Visions of the Daughters of Albion
America
Europe
The Song of Los
Africa
Asia

The Book of Urizen
The Book of Ahania
The Book of Los
Vala, or The Four Zoas
Notes Written on the Pages of The Four Zoas
Additional Fragments

Three Poems, ?c. 1800
Poems from Letters
Notebook Poems, c. 1800-1806
Poems from the Pickering Manuscript
Milton
Dedication to Blake's Illustrations to Blair's Grave
Notebook Epigrams and Satiric Verses, c. 1808-12
Miscellaneous Verses and Epigrams
Verse from the Marginalia to Reynolds's Discourses
Verse from the Advertisement to Blake's Exhibition of Paintings, 1809
Epigrams from A Descriptive Catalogue
Epigrams from "Public Address"

Jerusalem
The Everlasting Gospel
For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise
The Ghost of Abel

Notes
Dictionary of Proper Names
Note to the Indexes
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

About

One of the great English Romantic poets, William Blake was also an artist, mystic, and visionary. His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical Songs of Innocence and their counterpoint Experience—which juxtapose poems such as "The Lamb" and "The Tyger," and "The Blossom" and "The Sick Rose"—to highly elaborate, apocalyptic works, such as The Four Zoas, Milton and Jerusalem. Throughout his life Blake drew on a rich heritage of philosophy, religion and myth, to create a poetic worlds illuminated by his spiritual and revolutionary beliefs that have fascinated, intrigued and enchanted readers for generations.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Author

WILLIAM BLAKE was born in London in 1757. He was educated at home and then worked as an apprentice to the engraver James Basire before joining the Royal Academy in 1779. In 1782 he married Catherine Boucher, and a year later began his career as a poet when he published Poetical Sketches. This was followed by Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794), which he also designed and engraved. His other major literary works include The Book of Thel (1789), The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (c. 1793), Milton (1804–8), and Jerusalem (1804–20). He produced many paintings and engravings during his lifetime. Blake died in 1827. View titles by William Blake

Table of Contents

The Complete PoemsPreface
Table of Dates
Further Reading
The Poems

Poetical Sketches
Miscellaneous Poems
King Edward the Third
Dramatic Fragments
Poems Written in a Copy of Poetical Sketches

Songs from "An Island in the Moon"
There is No Natural Religion [a, b]
All Religions Are One
The Book of Thel
Tiriel
Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Songs of Innocence
Songs of Experience

Notebook Poems and Fragments, c. 1789-93
The French Revolution
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
A Song of Liberty

Visions of the Daughters of Albion
America
Europe
The Song of Los
Africa
Asia

The Book of Urizen
The Book of Ahania
The Book of Los
Vala, or The Four Zoas
Notes Written on the Pages of The Four Zoas
Additional Fragments

Three Poems, ?c. 1800
Poems from Letters
Notebook Poems, c. 1800-1806
Poems from the Pickering Manuscript
Milton
Dedication to Blake's Illustrations to Blair's Grave
Notebook Epigrams and Satiric Verses, c. 1808-12
Miscellaneous Verses and Epigrams
Verse from the Marginalia to Reynolds's Discourses
Verse from the Advertisement to Blake's Exhibition of Paintings, 1809
Epigrams from A Descriptive Catalogue
Epigrams from "Public Address"

Jerusalem
The Everlasting Gospel
For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise
The Ghost of Abel

Notes
Dictionary of Proper Names
Note to the Indexes
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

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