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The Complete Poetry and Prose of William…

The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake, New and Revised Edition (1982)

by William Blake

Other authors: Geoffrey Keynes (Editor), Geoffrey Keynes (Editor), Geoffrey Keynes (Editor), Geoffrey Keynes (Editor), Geoffrey Keynes (Editor)

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the apocalypse, from The Four Zoas: Night the Ninth:

"... rivn link from link the bursting Universe explodes
"All things reversed flew from their centers rattling bones
"To bones Join, shaking convulsd the shivering clay breathes
"Each speck of dust to the Earths center nestles round & round
"In pangs of an Eternal Birth in torment & awe & fear
"All spirits deceasd let loose from reptile prisons come in shoals
"Wild furies from the tygers brain & from the lions Eyes
"And from the ox & ass come moping terrors. from the Eagle
"And raven numerous as the leaves of Autumn every species
"Flock to the trumpet muttring over the sides of the grave & crying
"In the fierce wind round heaving rocks & mountains filld with groans
"On rifted rocks suspended in the air by inward fires
"Many a woful company & many on clouds & waters
"Fathers & friends Mothers & Infants Kings & Warriors
"Priests & chaind Captives met together in a horrible fear
"And every one of the dead appears as he had livd before
"And all the marks remain of the Slaves scourge & tyrants Crown
"And of the Priests oergorged Abdomen & of the merchants thin
"Sinewy deception & of the warriors outbraving and thoughtlessness
"In lineaments too extended & in bones too strait & long
"They shew their wounds they accuse they sieze the opressor howlings began
"One Planet calls to another & one star enquires of another
"What flames are these coming from the South what noise what dreadful rout
"As of a battle in the heavens hark heard you not the trumpet
"As of fierce battle while they spoke the flames come on intense roaring"
  maryoverton | Jul 19, 2012 |
Ex libris Marie Scott-James

Clarissa, with love from Grandpa and Paul, Dec 1957
  onesmallhole | Jan 21, 2012 |
This book is the "Approved Edition" by the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association of America, and is very complete and scholarly, even where it becomes a detriment. I believe an acquaintance summed it up best when she saw I was reading Blake, "He really makes me wonder if we are really the first culture to create LSD." While some of Blake's work is very lucid and vivid, inspiration and thought provoking, there are also long swaths of poetry that leave me completely baffled as to what was occurring. It was not so much an inability to follow deeper meaning (but that was there), but simply that some of his epic poems had such randomly changing and abstract symbolism in the stories that I could not keep track of what was going on.

My guideline for Blake became simple, his short poems and prose tended to be interesting and enjoyable, but the longer his prose and poetry stretched out, the more likely it was to shift into his very surreal style. A friend who considered herself a fan of Blake, didn't know what I was talking about, she quickly realized she was only familiar with the shorter poems, and became lost in the larger works, so I felt glad it wasn't just me. As abstract as it was, I occasionally caught glimmers of deeper currents of thoughts, but not always.

This edition didn't lie when it said it was the Complete Poetry and Prose, the last half of the book was Blake's commenting on the work of other authors, which was often quite amusing, as well as a collection of writings I found meaningless in this book. An example would be, the list of inscriptions he put beneath his paintings, which were next to meaningless without the art work he was referencing, or his letters to his friends.

Erdman went to great lengths to make this a very accurate portrayal of Blake's work, which was often edited after his death, and this edition included Blake's own commentary, corrections and deletion of various works, allowing you to see how his work changed.

A good collection, from a good fountain of art, but unless you're studying Blake from a scholarly perspective, you can probably skip the last half of the book. ( )
2 vote BlueFlameMagick | Jul 8, 2009 |
Many poets think, feel, and imagine; Blake saw and knew. ( )
  KennethWDavis | Feb 28, 2009 |
Esp. like the proverbs of hell in marriage of heaven and hell.
See some writing on him: http://www.autodidactproject.org/guidblake.html ( )
  Hanuman2 | Dec 16, 2007 |
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Since its first publication in 1965, this edition  has been widely hailed as the best available text  of Blake's poetry and prose. Now revised, if  includes up-to-date work on variants, chronology of  poems and critical commentary by Harold Bloom.

An  "Approved Edition" of the Center for Scholarly  Editions of the Modern Language Association.

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A compilation of the works of William Blake, with textual notes and commentary.

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