Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Songs of Innocence and of Experience is an illustrated collection of poems by William Blake. It appeared in two phases. A few first copies were printed and illuminated by William Blake himself in 1789; five years later he bound these poems with a set of new poems in a volume titled Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul....

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience Reviews

  • Bradley
    Well, one lousy review can't do Blake's poems any justice, not unless you're flush with time and the soul of a poet, yourself. :)I can say, however, that the title kinda gives the whole gig away. :) The first section is rife with allusions to Jesus and the second is full of wry and rather sarcastic ...
  • Lit Bug
    My first brush with Blake was through the impeccable poem London more than a decade back. Since then, I'd got to read more poems of his, all carefully chosen by the academicians, quickly putting him in my list of favorite poets. Then before I reached my twenties, I read this little collection, and l...
  • Florencia
    ...Folly is an endless maze;Tangled roots perplex her ways;How many have fallen there!They stumble all night over bones of the dead;And feel — they know not what but care;And wish to lead others, when they should be led.- William Blake, "The Voice of the Ancient Bard"The smile of a child. The f...
  • Kimi
    That moment when your favorite Tv Show makes you read Romantic poetry of the 18th century. ...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    “Am not IA fly like thee?Or art not thouA man like me?” Out of all the poetry I have read, these four lines are amongst my favourite. They have stuck with me over several years and seem to resonate within me. I’ve even considered having them tattooed onto my arm. Why these lines? Yo...
  • Darwin8u
    Billy Blake Who Made Thee?Poet Poet, burning bright, In the stanzas of the night; What romantic coquetry, Could frame thy fearful poetry?In what distant when or whys, roll'd the epic of thine eyes?On wet verse dare he aspire?What poet's hand, robs Shelly's pyre?And what meter, & what art,Could twist...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Tyger! Tyger! burning bright, In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?I don’t think I would dare give any collection of poems that contains the above lines anything less than five stars. Luckily, although every poem isn’t a winner for me (cou...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    I adore William Blake's poetry and this illustrated collection is fantastic. Unlike other British poets from centuries back (like John Donne for example), his text is usually far easier to read even without a thesaurus and always delightful and full of imagery. a Must!...
  • Sohaib
    Okay. Four stars. I've read the Songs along with a wonderful commentary by Alan Tomlinson, who juxtaposes contrary poems from Innocence and Experience and explains them in relation to one another. More on his book in a review later. Here's what I think of the Songs:First, a confession. I've read the...

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