The Complete PoemsBook - 2007
Blake is undoubtedly one of the greatest lyricists in English poetry, yet his work is often complex and obscure. Many readers will be unfamiliar with the various political, social, religious, artistic, academic and literary issues that dominated Blake's time. Alongside his involvement in radical politics Blake was fascinated by popular unscientific conjecture about the history of the British people after the Flood. Influenced by contemporary issues and long-forgotten fads, was often infused with an anger that was the product of personal arguments. Consequently, the style of Blake's narrative verse is not always easy to appreciate.
This, the second edition of the acclaimed Blake: The Complete Poems, remains unrivalled for the basic and detailed information it provides for interpreting the poems. The text is clear with a minimum of the 'turned' lines that make Blake's narratives so awkward to read.
This new edition will be illustrated in full colour with some of Blake's visionary paintings and designs, in order to highlight to readers the full breadth of Blake's genius. The inclusion of these plates sets this volume apart from all other editions.