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The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics) (1827 original; edició 1978)

de William Blake, Alicia Ostriker (Editor)

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William Blake is a poet without parallel, who remains a source of wisdom and inspiration to countless individuals throughout the world. This selection was commissioned in 1905 by the firm of George Routledge from W.B. Yeats, who had previously been one of the pioneer editors of Blake's prophetic books. Yeats, one of the few poets whose work could be compared with that of Blake, prepared a unique selection of his poetic and prose writings. There is no better way to encounter the work of one poetic genius than as it is presented by another, and Yeats understood Blake in a way few others did.… (més)
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Títol:The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics)
Autors:William Blake
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John Windle introduced me to William Blake when I visited his store in San Francisco. I was interested in the Romantic poets but didn’t know much about Blake’s writing. I thought of him as an artist and engraver, not as a writer. This volume changed my mind. It was wonderful. A prefatory memoir by William Michael Rossetti was fabulous, introducing the man, his world and his works. Rossetti also provides a bounty of bibliographic information, including ownership and dates associated with original Blake poems and manuscripts. The memoir alone makes this a valued work.

The volume starts out with Blake’s Poetical Sketches, mostly work he did from about 12 until he was 20. It’s not that great, but then again, he was just starting out, finding his voice and working as an apprentice engraver to boot. However, these works show promise and development. I did feel a little foreshadowing of Wordsworth & Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads in some of Blake’s early pieces, especially his songs.

As he matured, his writing became more complex and engaged with the world. In Songs of Experience, the sections “Holy Thursday,” “The Garden of Love,” and “The Schoolboy” stood out. The words of “Holy Thursday” still resonates in today's world of growing economic inequality:Is this a holy thing to see
In a rich and fruitful land,
Babes reduced to misery,
Fed with cold and usurous hand?” (p. 98)In "The Grey Monk", Blake shines a light on what can happen in the aftermath of revolution:”The hand of vengeance found the bed
To which the purple tyrant fled;
The iron hand crushed the tyrant’s head,
And became a tyrant in his stead” (p. 166)While I wasn’t that familiar with Blake when I picked up this volume, I realized that there was one poem of his I’d known for decades … a stanza from “Augeries of Innocence”:“Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born;
Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight;
Some are born to sweet delight
Some are born to the endless night” (p. 183)These lines were paraphrased in The Doors’ song “End of the Night,” off their first album, one of my top albums of all time.

Toward the end of this volume, there are a few short satirical pieces on the arts and artists. One that made me laugh (and cry) was a fictional dialogue about what the three parts of painting are. The oracle’s answers were: patronage, patronage, and patronage. Be it the turn of the 19th century or the 21st, patronage remains essential for the creation of all forms of art.

This Blake volume closes with Tiriel, a beautiful narrative poem that feels like a classical Greek play with large characters, tragedy and lessons to be learned. I thoroughly enjoyed it and could think of no better way to end this edition.

I wholeheartedly recommend Blake and this collection of his works. The one I read was The Poetical Works of William Blake, Lyrical and Miscellaneous (London: George Bell and Sons 1880). The edition was edited and included a memoir by William Michael Rossetti. ( )
  drew_asson | Dec 3, 2020 |
This book contains Songs of Innocence and of Experience, followed by an Appendix containing A Divine Image and The Book of Thel. My favourite poems are in Songs of Experience. They are darker and more critical of society, human nature and the Church than the Songs of Innocence. As they are well out of copyright, I will include a couple of them here.

The Garden of Love

I laid me down upon a bank
Where Love lay sleeping
I heard among the rushes dank
Weeping, weeping

Then I went to the heath and the wild
To the thistles and thorns of the waste
And they told me how they were beguiled
Driven out, and compelled to the chaste

I went to the Garden of Love
And saw what I never had seen
A Chapel was built in the midst
Where I used to play on the green

And the gates of this Chapel were shut
And "Thou shalt not," writ over the door
So I turned to the Garden of Love
That so many sweet flowers bore

And I saw it was filled with graves
And tombstones where flowers should be
And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds
And binding with briars my joys and desires

London

I wander through each chartered street,
Near where the chartered Thames does flow,
And mark in every face I meet,
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear.

How the chimney-sweeper’s cry
Every blackening church appalls;
And the hapless soldier’s sigh
Runs in blood down palace-walls.

But most, through midnight streets I hear
How the youthful harlot’s curse
Blasts the new-born infant’s tear,
And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse.
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  isabelx | Feb 7, 2019 |
An awesome little book full of great poems. Blake is a favorite of mine so I was very happy to get my hands on this and add it to my library! ( )
  jacindaj | May 27, 2010 |
William Blake was a major influence on Allen Ginsberg and on 'Howl,' especially 'Footnote to Howl' with its exclamations of 'Holy! Holy! Holy!' and ecstatic repetition.
  HowlAtCLP | Dec 5, 2009 |
An extraordinary collection. Blake was one of the most amazing poets ever to have written in English. The language would have been poorer had he not existed. ( )
  Fledgist | Nov 22, 2007 |
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William Blake is a poet without parallel, who remains a source of wisdom and inspiration to countless individuals throughout the world. This selection was commissioned in 1905 by the firm of George Routledge from W.B. Yeats, who had previously been one of the pioneer editors of Blake's prophetic books. Yeats, one of the few poets whose work could be compared with that of Blake, prepared a unique selection of his poetic and prose writings. There is no better way to encounter the work of one poetic genius than as it is presented by another, and Yeats understood Blake in a way few others did.

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