Songs of Innocence

Songs of Innocence William Blake s innovations in engraving techniques brought about his brilliant synthesis of visual and poetic art and signaled the beginning of his famous Illuminated Books of which the Songs of Inn

  • Title: Songs of Innocence
  • Author: William Blake
  • ISBN: 9780486227641
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • William Blake s innovations in engraving techniques brought about his brilliant synthesis of visual and poetic art and signaled the beginning of his famous Illuminated Books, of which the Songs of Innocence was the first and most popular Unfortunately, Blake s vision is generally known to the world in amputated form because of the difficulty and expense of reproducingWilliam Blake s innovations in engraving techniques brought about his brilliant synthesis of visual and poetic art and signaled the beginning of his famous Illuminated Books, of which the Songs of Innocence was the first and most popular Unfortunately, Blake s vision is generally known to the world in amputated form because of the difficulty and expense of reproducing his original conception, most editions of Blake s work offer only the printed text, with no trace of the visual counterpart so essential to his System This new, facsimile edition of the Songs of Innocence reproduces Blake s color plates in a fashion which the artist himself would have approved The 31 plates printed on facing pages which are the same size of Blake s own first edition offer one of the brightly colored versions of this significant volume, no two copies of which are the same As a special aid to readers, a typographical reprint of the text of poems follows the plates Such classic songs as The Lamb and The Chimney Sweeper are now accessible to all in the symbiotic union of poem and picture that is crucial to a total understating of Blake s mind and art.

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    1. Celebrity Death Match Special: Auguries of Innocence versus Inside OutJoy and woe are woven fine, A clothing for the soul divine. Under every grief and pine Runs a joy with silken twine.It is right, it should be so; Man was made for joy and woe; And when this we rightly know, We will off to Pixar go.Match abandoned after players discover their true nature and just want to hug each other

    2. When my mother died I was very young,And my father sold me while yet my tongueCould scarcely cry 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head,That curled like a lamb's back, was shaved: so I said,"Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head's bare,You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair."And so he was quiet; and that very night,As Tom was a-sleeping, he had such a sight, -That thousands of sweepers, Dick, [...]

    3. Θέλοντας να γράψω δυο λόγια για τα 'Τραγούδια της αθωότητας', μοιραία θα επιχειρήσω μια αναδρομή, ένα σύντομο ταξίδι στο χρόνο. Είναι η επιστροφή στο έτος 1997, στα δικά μου χρόνια της αθωότητας, όταν η μοίρα το θέλησε και απέκτησα το πιο εμβληματικό έργο του William Blake, τους 'Γάμου [...]

    4. The need to read was strong today. I needed to silence the voices of Mrs. Dalloway and her guests. Songs of Innocence did so beautifully. Blake's Songs of Innocence juxtapose the innocent, pastoral world of childhood against an adult world of corruption and repression; while such poems as "The Lamb" represent a meek virtue, poems like "The Tyger" exhibit opposing, darker forces. The collection explores the value and limitations of two different perspectives on the world. This was a beautiful rea [...]

    5. I love reading this illustrated version. These are poems I read when my spirit is flagging and I've lost my inner child. It's good to take one on a walk, memorize some lines, then return home, with a "rural pen", imagine sitting inside a flower, reflect on another's sorrow, or the Chimney Sweeper, on infant's joy, listen for laughter in the woods, say a prayer to Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love, say out loud the poem "Night" to the lost little boy and girl. This and Songs of Experience were given to [...]

    6. When my mother died I was very young,And my father sold me while yet my tongueCould scarcely cry 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head,That curled like a lamb's back, was shaved: so I said,"Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head's bare,You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair."And so he was quiet; and that very night,As Tom was a-sleeping, he had such a sight, -That thousands of sweepers, Dick, [...]

    7. William Blake, in many ways, polarizes innocence and experience in his book of poems Songs of Innocence and of Experience. His exploration of these are literally separated by a frontispiece and title page. Moreover, he marks the primary differences between innocence and experience by showing the evolution of poems — “Infant Joy” in the first half becomes “Infant Sorrow” in the second, for example.For Blake, there is, I think, a too-clean cut between the states of innocence and of exper [...]

    8. Simple and full of joy. These poems are the perfect blend of weird, bizarre, beautiful, and artistic. The artwork that accompanies them is equally bizarre. They are almost disturbing. Disturbing, maybe more intriguing than disturbing. No a mix of both. A great mix of both, one that had me whispering the poems as I read. Very good. It only reassures my growing love for 19th century art and poetry.

    9. لو لم تدرس الشعر الانجليزى فعليك بقراءة أغانى بليك,ولو كنت درست الشعر الانجليزى,ولم تعرف أصلا من هو بليك,فابالتأكيد كان مدرسك لهذه المادة,شخص يدعى أمير شبل الكومى,بس كده:)))

    10. It was interesting to see the earlier work of a famous poet, especially reproduced with all the original art and settings. Unfortunately, there's a good reason that I encountered Blake's later in school and not his early stuff. Some of the entries were stronger than others, but none of them made me want to memorize them.

    11. To see a World in a Grain of SandAnd a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hourA Robin Red breast in a CagePuts all Heaven in a Rage A Dove house filld with Doves & PigeonsShudders Hell thr' all its regions A dog starvd at his Masters GatePredicts the ruin of the State A Horse misusd upon the RoadCalls to Heaven for Human blood Each outcry of the hunted HareA fibre from the Brain does tear A Skylark wounded in the wing A Cherubim does cease to si [...]

    12. أغنيات البراءة هي ديوان يضم تسع عشرة أغنية من بديع الشعر والتصويروهي أول ما أقرأ لهذا الشاعر الإتجليزي المولود سنة 1757 والمتوفى سنة 1827 أي أنه عاش معظم حياته في القرن الثامن عشر حيث المدرسة الرومنسية في الفن والشعر والثقافة والأدب عمومالذلك فهو في هذه المجموعة التي صدرت عام 178 [...]

    13. The William Blake Archive:blakearchive/blake/Songs of Innocence, and Songs of Experience: gutenberg/ebooks/1934Songs of Innocence, and Songs of Experience (Audio): gutenberg/ebooks/21160SONGS OF INNOCENCEIntroductionThe ShepherdThe Echoing GreenThe LambThe Little Black BoyThe BlossomThe Chimney-SweeperThe Little Boy LostThe Little Boy FoundLaughing SongA Cradle SongThe Divine ImageHoly ThursdayNightSpringNurse’s SongInfant JoyA DreamOn Another’s SorrowSONGS OF EXPERIENCEIntroductionEarth’s [...]

    14. This little volume reproduces a 1790 copy of Blake's first illuminated book in more or less the same size as the original. It's a remarkable work, combining poetry, illustration, painting, and design. Blake hand-lettered his poems onto copper plates, added illustrations of varying complexity, and hand-colored the pages after they were printed. Some of the lettering is hard to read, but printed versions of all the poems are included after the facsimile pages. Dover's paperback edition is sturdy, [...]

    15. The Divine ImageTo Mercy, Pity, Peace, and loveAll pray in their distress And to these virtues of delightReturn their thankfulnessFor Mercy, Pity, Peace, and loveIs God, our father dear,And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and LoveIs Man, his child and care.For Mercy, has a human heartPity a human face,And Love, the hunan form divine,And Peace, the human dressThen every man, of every climeThat prays in his distress, Prays to the human form divineLove, Mercy, Pity, Peace.And all must love the human form,In he [...]

    16. Blake's first illustrated book of poetry. Lovely book. Blake's poetry is a little too on the sentimental side for me but the verse is good. Almost seems like a book to be read to a child. I guess "Innocence" should have given that away. I didn't realize how religious Blake's poetry was (my ignorance!). He never mentions Christ by name but his metaphors are straight from the New Testament.These Dover editions have always been the best value. They are glued but never seem to split or drop sections [...]

    17. Contents:(view spoiler)[IntroductionThe ShepherdThe Echoing GreenThe LambThe Little Black BoyThe BlossomThe Chimney SweeperThe Little Boy LostThe Little Boy FoundLaughing SongA Cradle SongThe Divine ImageHoly ThursdayNightSpringNurse’s SongInfant JoyA DreamOn Another’s Sorrow (hide spoiler)]

    18. I didn't enjoy any of the new poems in this collection as much as I enjoyed the ones in Songs of Experience. There were more quirky subjects covered in that collection in comparison to this one. I do like the inclusion of the facsimiles of the original engravings. Those make for a neat comparison study.

    19. The ShepherdHow sweet is the Shepherd’s sweet lot!From the morn to the evening he strays;He shall follows his sheep all the day,And his tongue shall be filled with praise.For he hears the lamb’s innocent call,And he hears the ewe’s tender reply;He is watchful while they are in peace,For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.

    20. Maybe I would like Blake more if I had read him before everyone around me called him a "genius", but the build up was too much and I don't get it. My husband and I argue about this because he likes him. But putting pictures with words doesn't make you brilliant - it makes you an author of children's books.

    21. Una belleza fonoestética. Calculo que para un lector creyente estos versos deben ser mucho más emotivos que para mí.Recomiendo, para quienes tengan ganas de leer este poemario en su versión bilingüe, no comprar esta edición. Está muy mal traducida.

    22. What a wonderful compilation of poetry and visual art. I found a sense of internal quiet while reading this and enjoyed the distinct world that Blake creates. I look forward to reading the rest of his work.

    23. I bought a little pocket-sized facsimile at a thrift store and read it in bed after arguing with my girlfriend. I was really stewing up there, reading Blake. It's ok everyone, we made up.

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