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

  • 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. ...
  • E.G. Jönsson
    May 13, 2015
    I actually listened to the edition from Svenska Ljud Classica, read by Sam Stinson. Unfortunately, the reading was a little too much like a "school piece" for me, read without any real connection with the material, just hammering out the syllables. Granted, I don't like overly emotiona...
  • Elspeth
    May 13, 2015
    Blake focuses on religion a bit to much for my taste. I do like The Tyger, but that might be from reciting it in grade school, and it being the only poem that was familiar. ...
  • Citrine
    May 09, 2012
    I can't say that I liked the majority of Blake's poems , I found them repetitive and . . . out of touch with the ordinary person's perceptions of life perhaps ? I did enjoy the cheeriness for a change , child like and innocent . But the few poems that I really treasured from this work ...
  • Exina
    Mar 19, 2019
    It was a required reading at English poetry seminar in college. Nice collection. ...
  • Logan Dalton
    Jun 17, 2012
    William Blake was a mystic poet who was not afraid to challenge the religious and political views of his day. Like the other Romantic poets, he creates beautiful images of nature especially in "Songs of Innocence); but he is not naive and understands the natural and moral evil that hau...
  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    Oct 18, 2014
    This was my first time reading poems by William Blake and I can?t say I was terribly impressed. Admittedly, I don?t read much poetry but I do enjoy it once in a while. The main problem I had with these poems is that they made me feel like I was a 10-year-old schoolgirl again. T...
  • Harley
    Jan 28, 2019
    Trying to expand my poetry knowledge and they don't have this one in the goodreads catalogue that I can find. Didn't really do it for me. Eat Pray Love if that book was secretly about punching George III in the face ...
  • Richard
    Sep 27, 2017
    learned first draft was written ; "Did he laugh His work to see?" makes me chuckle. ...
  • Roy Lotz
    Apr 05, 2015
    The Angel that presided o?er my birth Said, ?Little creature, form?d of Joy & Mirth, Go love, without the help of any Thing on Earth.? As I?ve said before, I feel a bit uncomfortable reviewing poetry. I don?t have the proper tools; I lack the vocabulary. Critiquing...
  • David
    Jul 04, 2019
    The Oxford Authors edition of Blake, introduced and edited by Michael Mason, like other titles in the series which was produced in the 1980s & 90s under the general editorship of Frank Kermode, is a joy. ...
  • Mandy
    Jul 11, 2015
    I enjoyed this collection. Bought back memories of studying this poet in school. ...
  • 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)...
  • Jenny Clark
    Aug 28, 2018
    Some of the poems were a tad confusing at first, but after a second look became clearer. They all have very deliberate word choices and are quite well written. An enjoyable collection of his poems. ...
  • Jake
    Jan 24, 2016
    A fascinating collection of powerful poems that not only give you things to think about but also presents an amazing look into Blake's mind. With poems covering nearly every topic it's hard to not enjoy his collected works. ...
  • 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...
  • Steven Godin
    Mar 20, 2017
    A small collection of poems from 18th century Englishman William Blake. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, and viewed in some quarters as a madman, it wasn't until later his work was regarded as grand. Along with his paintings, he would be part of the 'Romantic Movement', and wa...
  • Alice Lippart
    Aug 13, 2016
    This felt like visiting an old friend, as I've read quite a bit of Blakes poetry before. Still love it. ...
  • Danielle Routh
    Dec 20, 2017
    "And I made a rural pen, And I stain'd the water clear, And I wrote my happy songs Every child may joy to hear." ...
  • 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;...
  • Kerdel Ellick
    Nov 05, 2017
    Perfection! I can read it again and again, and still feel the same way. ...
  • Rob Dudek
    Dec 12, 2015
    Cruelty has a human heart, And jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And Secresy the human dress. I'm sensing that William Blake was a rather peculiar individual. Most of his poems aren't exactly what you would call quotable, but I think that it might be because th...
  • Seemita
    Jan 13, 2015
    I usually love poetic expression, the kind that sometimes remains largely elusive in descriptive writing. The lyrical blanket around words excites me no bounds. Poems, the first I have ever read of Blake, did shine through some pages. That uncanny ability of all revered poets, to hi...
  • 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...
  • Anima
    Mar 17, 2019
    Introduction ?Here is a selection, a bit of Blake, designed as a bedside companion or to accompany a walk in the countryside, to sit beneath a shady tree and discover a portal into his visionary and musical experience.... Although much of his work seems impenetrable he never cease...
  • Jane
    Dec 25, 2018
    William Blake was an amazing poet, but he was also an amazing artist. Before now I was more familiar with his paintings and etchings then I was his poetry. His poetry range from romantic to religious. He has a wonderful way with words that can make you almost see what he is describ...
  • CaitlynK
    Sep 07, 2017
    "Some say that Happiness is not Good for Mortals, & they ought to be answer'd that Sorrow is not fit for Immortals & is utterly useless to any one . . . ." Kept me up two nights in a row, and I finally read all of Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Smith did a good ...
  • 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...
  • Cataclysmic
    Apr 05, 2019
    Really loved this book, there were quite a few poems in it that I wasn't huge on, but overall this was just a really great book. ...