Selected Poems

Selected Poems

An alternate cover edition of this ISBN can be found here. Features 104 of Blake's poems: "A Song of Liberty," "The Argument," "Proverbs of Hell," "The Mental Traveller," "The Land of Dreams," "To the Evening Star" and many .

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Title:Selected Poems
Author:William Blake
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:0486285170
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:96 pages pages

Selected Poems Reviews

  • Kevin Albrecht
    Mar 04, 2009
    Well, William Blake week has come to an end. Although I had already been a fan of Blake for a long time, I had never read a large body of his work, so my impression of his work was definitely changed by the experience. I discovered how his body of work is quite philosophical and politi...
  • Douglas Wilson
    Mar 01, 2016
    Okay, so I read this, and am afraid that it brought me to the conclusion that Blake is overrated. But glad to have read him, and there were some striking lines. Okay, so it was worth it. ...
  • Harley
    Sep 05, 2009
    I read some poems by William Blake while in college and looked at some of his drawings, but I have not read him since. When I was reading Burning Bright by Tracy chevalier which had Blake as a minor character, I decided to read some of his poems. This book has a selection of Blake's ...
  • Heather
    May 02, 2011
    Reading William Blake is like drinking hard cider through a fire hose the size of the Columbia River. I read this book of selections over two nights this time... maybe next time I'll have to slow down further and contemplate these more. Favorites this round included "The Angel," "The V...
  • Adam
    Feb 21, 2011
    Clever. Brilliant. Thought provoking. ...
  • Alusha
    Feb 21, 2011
    I absolutely love William Blake, he is a genius! ...
  • Ascalon
    Mar 29, 2013
    http://booktripper.blogspot.com/2013/... The beauty of the written word is never complete without realizing the strength of its equivalent spoken word. That is poetry in its basic form. At a young age, William Blake saw angels in a tree sometime between 1765-67. This experience p...
  • Lachlan
    Dec 20, 2010
    Moments of brilliance amongst confusion. Definitely recommended. ...
  • Exina
    Mar 19, 2019
    It was a required reading at English poetry seminar in college. Nice collection. ...
  • Annie
    Dec 29, 2014
    It's hard to really find a good introductory book to Blake I think, because his body of work is fairly difficult to get into. To be frank, I often felt like I needed a map and compass to find my way through his epic poems. But what imagery! And what a world he had created! I much prefe...
  • Carmilla Voiez
    Sep 24, 2017
    This is a beautiful and easily digestible collection of Blake's poems. Throughout there is the feeling of sorrow, beauty, religious fervour and esotericism. I was particularly drawn to a couple of poems and segments (most of the works here are sampled rather than complete) - "Alw...
  • Bernie Gourley
    Mar 18, 2016
    Blake?s ?The Tyger? is one of my favorite poems, and one of the few that I?ve bothered to memorize. Even if the words made no sense, they sound beautiful together, but not only do they make sense they forge powerful imagery. Blake wrote many poems that managed to be both pleasi...
  • Aussiescribbler Aussiescribbler
    May 13, 2019
    This is a great entry point to begin exploring the poetry of one of English literature?s great visionaries. Blake?s poetry can make for challenging reading, especially his epic poems which are full of allusions to the Bible, to history, to famous philosophical works and also to ind...
  • Benoît
    Apr 28, 2017
    Knowing Blake from his Marriage of Heaven and Hell and his paintings, I picked up this edition expecting dark, esoteric poetry, gnostic themes, and a poet I could easily make a reference of mine. It has been true only to a degree. What Blake is aiming at is interesting, he was really d...
  • Nora
    Feb 06, 2013
    Absolutely beautiful. ...
  • Twig
    Mar 09, 2016
    Oh wow, I finished it!! It was interesting and I enjoyed most of it and Iam really proud that I finally managed to read this glorious work. I`ll wanted to read some of Blakes work for so long that I really can`t believe that I really did it!! Oh wow, I finished it!! It was interes...
  • Facundo Martin
    Apr 08, 2016
    In sober style you hail the coming of the seasons And decry foul crimes that twist man?s reason With dewy locks and flames, shade and silent decay With cages and jails to trap our mortal clay At times through long stanzas you make us plod Through epics of tyrants and the l...
  • Nadine
    Feb 12, 2014
    This is the first time that I have read a book of poems and I have to say so far this is not my cup of tea. Maybe I can blame this solely on Blake, I?ll have to hold back judgement on that until I have read other poems; I plan on reading Tennyson next, and I also have a book with Ger...
  • Gary
    Dec 28, 2019
    I enjoyed this collection of Blake's well known works. I read it before my mother passed away and my reading of this book has lead to over a hundred more poetry books of all kinds of styles and subjects. In fact my heavy reading of classics (over 300) all started with this book of poem...
  • Krystal
    Jul 04, 2017
    I've never been big on poetry - I like action, and poetry requires way to much thinking. I do, however, appreciate the magic of language, so I can appreciate a cleverly written poem here and there. This was a real mixed bag. I loved the crazy stuff; the ones where there was (action)...
  • Linda
    Nov 15, 2013
    William Blake - name, which I first read in Red Dragon.Red Dragon Unfortunately it was a reference full with violence and madness, so I thought this author must be completely out of my liking, but then again reading biographic introduction about Kahlil Gibran, it was mentioned that Bl...
  • Stephen
    Jun 17, 2013
    Blake is a singularity. He speaks of lions lying down with lambs and the immolation of a little boy in almost the same breath. The poems from 'Songs of Innocence' are his most memorable because they capture the spirit of joy better than any poetry I know. His later work is reddened wit...
  • ZaRi
    Sep 11, 2015
    Earth rais'd up her head, From the darkness dread & drear. Her light fled: Stony dread! And her locks cover'd with grey despair. Prison'd on watry shore Starry Jealousy does keep my den Cold and hoar Weeping o'er I hear the Father of the ancient men Selfish f...
  • Alan Tomkins-Raney
    Nov 28, 2018
    Reading Blake's poetry is a major trip...without any of the side effects or physical drawbacks of actual drugs. The commentary that introduces each section is invaluable for fully understanding and appreciating Blake's amazing talent. The man was a genius and a prophet. Edify yourself;...
  • Bastard Travel
    Jun 30, 2016
    I love this kid. I memorized Pretty Rose Tree when I was younger because it's important to know exactly one poem by heart, and that seemed like a good one. That was before I read the Auguries of Innocence sober. It is right and should be so; Man was made for Joy & Woe, An...
  • Vishal
    Feb 28, 2016
    He who sees the Infinite in all things sees God. He who sees the Ratio sees himself only. Therefore God becomes as we are, that we may be as he is William Blake - aside from being a genius - is perhaps one of the most quoted poets in the world (just read Auguries of Innocence), ...
  • Wow
    Dec 22, 2017
    I truly wanted to venture into poetry and somehow get out of my comfort zone . While I truly found some really beautiful poems and loved how they made me ponder their true meaning, I just don't care about the rest ... The more this collection of poems sat in my nightstand the mo...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Oct 10, 2016
    I always loved the mysticism of Blake's poetry as well as the accompanying artwork. Note that there is currently an exposition of Blake's work in London at the British until early Jan 2020. ...
  • Janelle
    Jan 15, 2016
    Blake for me is a good poet with some thought provoking words. Some poetry of his is a bit too religious for me, but this is a good selection overall. ...
  • Cameron H
    Jul 22, 2018
    "The Divine Image" To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love All pray in their distress; And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness. For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is God, our father dear, And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is Man, his child and care. For Me...