Songs of Experience: Facsimile Reproduction with 26 Plates in Full Color (Paperback)
To the modern eye, William Blake's illustrated poems that comprise Songs of Innocence and Experience may seem commonplace. But in 1789, when Blake's copperplate engravings were first printed, he was considered a pioneer of the form. Dozens of editions of the book were printed and individually hand-colored, the result being that no two pages are identical. These editions represent just one of his many versions of the book. Keen, insightful, and profound, Blake's poetry and paintings have been a major source of inspiration for artists for centuries; contemporary examples include Maurice Sendak, Kenneth Patchen, and Allen Ginsburg. Familiar with the phrase "fearful symmetry"? That's Blake! Songs of Innocence and Experience has stood the test of time and is worth revisiting again and again.— From Ryan's Picks
One of Blake's most inspired creations, "The Tyger" mingles the lyric and mystical in an exquisite union. Now you can experience the beauty of this and other poems the way Blake intended them -- with his own hand-colored illustrations giving them visual form.
This facsimile edition of one of Blake's celebrated "Illuminated Books" reproduces a collection of calligraphed poems, each enclosed in a masterful full-color illustration. Twenty-six plates reprinted from a rare 1826 etched edition include "London," "A Little Boy Lost," "Holy Thursday," The Voice of the Ancient Bard," and other immortal verse. To enhance reading, the texts of all the poems are transcribed separately, following the plates.
Dynamic designs and simplicity of language convey Blake's vision of mankind and his condemnation of a wealthy society insensitive to poverty and unhappiness. Moreover, its universal themes make Songs of Experience just as poignant and profound today. Lovers of literature and fine art will want to add this faithful, inexpensive facsimile of an immortal classic to their libraries.