Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Hardback

Songs of Innocence and of Experience Hardback

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"Songs of Innocence and of Experience" is a rare and wonderful book, its seeming simplicity belying its visionary wisdom.

Internationally recognised as a masterpiece of English literature, it also occupies a key position in the history of western art.

This unique edition of the work allows Blake to communicate with his readers as he intended, reproducing Blake's own illumination and lettering from the finest existing example of the original work.

In this way, readers can experience the mystery and beauty of Blake's poems as he first created them, discovering for themselves the intricate web of symbol and meaning that connects word and image.

Each poem is accompanied by a literal transcription, and the volume is introduced by the renowned historian and critic, Richard Holmes.

This beautiful edition of "The Songs of Innocence and Experience" will be essential for those familiar with Blake's work, but also offers an ideal way into his visionary world for those encountering Blake for the first time.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: full set of Blake's original illustrated plates
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781854377296



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Songs of Innocence and Experience are William Blake's two most famous books. The best way to read them is as the artist intended, with a facsimile of the original artwork/poems. They are admittedly a little strange and opaque at first but its possible to pry out some double meanings to discover the "contrary states of the human soul," and if not that, at least enjoy some mirth and joy in lightness of being.