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Stanley Kunitz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905 and educated at Harvard University. His numerous honors include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, and designation as State Poet of New York. He has edited the Yale Series of Younger Poets, served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and taught for many years in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. He is president of Poets House, New York, a founding father of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts. Recent publications include The Poems of Stanley Kunitz1928-1978 (Atlantic, 1979), Next-to-Last Things: New Poems and Essays (Atlantic, 1985), and Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected (Norton, 1995) for which he was awarded the 1995 National Book Award for Poetry.

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Stanley Kunitz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905 and educated at Harvard University. His numerous honors include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, and designation as State Poet of New York. He has edited the Yale Series of Younger Poets, served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and taught for many years in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. He is president of Poets House, New York, a founding father of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts. Recent publications include The Poems of Stanley Kunitz1928-1978 (Atlantic, 1979), Next-to-Last Things: New Poems and Essays (Atlantic, 1985), and Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected (Norton, 1995) for which he was awarded the 1995 National Book Award for Poetry.

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  • Songs of Innocence and Experience

    Songs of Innocence and Experience
    This collection is narrated by distinguished Broadway performers Brian Murray and Suzanne Toren, contains all 45 poems from two famous works revealing a child's unspoiled view of human nature and the corruption and disillusionment awaiting the innocent. Includes such favorites as "The Lamb," "The Tyger," and "The Sick Rose."

    Songs of Innocence

    Songs of Innocence
    The first and most popular of Blake's famous "Illuminated Books," in a facsimile edition reproducing all 31 brightly colored plates. Additional printed text of each poem. "The colors are lovely, the book is a joy." —Kliatt Paperback Book Guide.

    Poetical Sketches

    Poetical Sketches
    "Poetical Sketches" is one of the early works by Blake. He often created melodies of his own composed verse. Alluding extensively to Greek mythology, he has created pieces that are a testament to his brilliant imagination. The unique harmony of his works is highly engrossing and refreshing.

    Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience

    Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience
    Two classics of English poetry, alternately describing childhood states of innocence and their inevitable corruption by a harsh and unjust world. Contains the full texts of all the poems in the original 1794 edition of both collections. Alphabetical lists of titles and first lines. Publisher's Note.

  • Poems of William Blake

    Poems of William Blake
    The daughters of Mne Seraphim led round their sunny flocks

    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
    No work has challenged its readers like Blake’sThe Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell”—by turns iconoclastic, bizarre, and unprecedented—have been employed as the slogans of student protest and become axioms of modern thought. Most extraordinary, though, is the revolutionary method Blake employed in making the physical book. The Bodleian Library holds one of the first copies that Blake printed using a technique he called "illuminated printing," and it is the only work in which he signifies its importance. This new facsimile edition ofThe Marriage of Heaven and Hellincludes a plate-by-plate guide to the texts, interlinear figures, and larger designs in a commentary accompanying the transcript of each reproduced plate. Drawings from Blake’s manuscript notebook, which were used as a basis for the designs, as well as working proof impressions, are also included, demonstrating the evolution of the work. This edition also reproduces a single plate from each of the other eight surviving copies, revealing how over a period of more than thirty years Blake altered the way he finished each copy. An introduction explores the book's literary and historical background, Blake’s printing process, and the book's anonymous initial publication. This expertly edited work is available for students and scholars in paperback and for collectors in a special hardcover edition. Both versions allow Blake’s vision to reassert its breathtaking power.

    William Blake

    William Blake
    Naxos AudioBooks begins its new series of Great Poets – represented by their most popular poems on one CD – with William Blake, whose 250th anniversary of birth falls this year. This CD contains all of his most popular works – Tyger, the Auguries of Innocence, Jerusalem, as well as some lesser-known poetry that demonstrates the range and power of his verse. They are strikingly read by Robert Glenister, Michael Maloney and Stephen Critchlow.

    William Blake

    William Blake
    The Complete Illuminated Books
    In his Illuminated Books, William Blake combined text and imagery on a single page in a way that had not been done since the Middle Ages. For Blake, religion and politics, intellect and emotion, mind and body were both unified and in conflict with each other: his work is expressive of his personal mythology, and his methods of conveying it were integral to its meaning. There is no comparison with reading books such as

  • Blake's Poetry and Designs

    Blake's Poetry and Designs
    In addition to a broad selection of the poems, the volume includes over 100 images (16 in color), emphasizing the centrality of pictorial representations to Blake’s verse. Biographical context is provided through dozens of excerpts from Blake’s notebook, letters, marginalia, and other writings. “Criticism” offers twenty wide-ranging commentaries by writers from Blake’s contemporaries to present-day critics, among them Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Northrop Frye, Allen Ginsberg, Morris Eaves, Harold Bloom, Alicia Ostriker, John Mee, Saree Makdisi, and Julia Wright. A section on Textual Technicalities, a Chronology of Blake’s life and work, a Selected Bibliography, and an Index of Titles and First Lines are also included.

    An Island in the Moon

    An Island in the Moon
    William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake's work is now considered seminal in the history of both poetry and the visual arts. Once considered mad for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is highly regarded today for his expressiveness and creativity, as well as the philosophical and mystical undercurrents that reside within his work. His work has been characterised as part of the Romantic movement. Blake's first collection of poems, Poetical Sketches, was published circa 1783. In 1788 Blake began to experiment with relief etching, a method he would use to produce most of his books, paintings, pamphlets and poems. His other works include: Tiriel (1789), Songs of Innocence (1789), The Book of Thel (1789), The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790), The French Revolution (1791), Songs of Experience (1794) and The Ghost of Abel (1822).

    Selected Poems (Blake, William)

    Selected Poems (Blake, William)
    Writer and religious rebel, William Blake sowed the seeds of Romanticism in his innovative poems concerning faith and the vision that inspired him throughout his remarkable life. Whether describing his own spirituality, the innocence of youth, or the corruption caused by mankind, his writings depict a world in which spirits dominate and the mind is the gateway to Heaven. Presenting many of Blake’s major works in their complete texts, alongside extensive passages from such poems as "Jerusalem" and "The Gates of Paradise," this collection spans his entire poetic life, from the exquisite lyrics of Poetic Sketches to Songs of Innocence and Experience—a compelling exploration of good and evil. Together, they illuminate a self-made realm that has fascinated artists and poets as diverse as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Yeats, and Ginsberg. This is the perfect introduction to Blake’s unforgettable poetry. Introduction discusses Blake's life and career, his reputation, and the major themes of his work, and explores the relationship between the poetry and the illustrations Includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, and explanatory notes

    Selected Poetry and Prose

    Selected Poetry and Prose

  • The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake

    The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake
    Since its first publication in 1965, this collection has been widely hailed as the best available text of William Blake's poetry and prose. It is now expanded to include a new foreword by Harold Bloom, his definitive statement on Blake's greatness.

    The Continental Prophecies

    The Continental Prophecies
    If the Urizen books contain Blake's account of Genesis, written and depicted from the 'devilish' perspective of a 'Bible of Hell', then the continental prophecies present his critical reckoning with the history of his own times, a fascinatingly complex and multi-faceted account of the struggle between revolutionary counter-revolutionary thought of the first half of the 1790s. In America, the first of the continental poems, Blake moves away from his earlier mode of historical allegory and enters the realm of prophetic utterance. In poetry and imagery alike, Blake's prophecies follow Old Testament models in the sense that they are less concerned with prediction than with the process of social and political criticism. While America still contains many historical references, these are integrated in a mythical 'plot' that transcends the narrow confines of historical reportage and pamphleteering. In Europe and in 'Africa' and 'Asia' (the two parts that make up The Song of Los) Blake is even less concerned with concrete historical events than in developing the myth of Orc and Urizen, Enitharmon and Los which describes and criticizes the intricate structure of social oppression that the author saw as resulting from human kind's history under the rule of organised state religion. Each of the three books also attempts to point a way toward the prerequisites for the equally complex process of millenial liberation. The commentary aims to introduce readers of the three books to the structural unity and many-layered meaning of Blake's visual-verbal myth-making, and to guide them through the maze of critical approaches and interpretation that they have elicited.

    The Complete Poems

    The Complete Poems
    One of the great English Romantic poets, William Blake (1757-1827) was an artist, poet, mystic and visionary. His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical Songs of Innocence and their counterpoint Experience - which juxtapose poems such as ‘The Lamb’ and ‘The Tyger’, and ‘The Blossom’ and ‘The Sick Rose’ - to highly elaborate, apocalyptic works, such as The Four Zoas, Milton and Jerusalem. Throughout his life Blake drew on a rich heritage of philosophy, religion and myth, to create a poetic worlds illuminated by his spiritual and revolutionary beliefs that have fascinated, intrigued and enchanted readers for generations.

    The Complete Poetry of William Blake

    The Complete Poetry of William Blake
    A visionary of eighteen-century English society, William Blake produced a huge collection of poetry, mythology, satires, political pieces, and prophetic works, in addition to his famous etchings and engravings. Although rejected as a madman during his lifetime for claims of hearing voices and later having visions, Blake has achieved notoriety as an innovative and extraordinarily imaginative artist. His poetry varies greatly in style and substance, reflecting the writer's literary development and radical shifts in religious belief. This complete collection of Blake's poetry includes his famous "Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience," which exemplify the author's fondness for thematic dichotomies in poems like "The Lamb" and "The Tyger". Also included are "The Four Zoas," "Milton" and "Jerusalem," all of which display an extensive use of symbolism derived from Christianity and an elaborate view of Blake's theories on reality and knowledge.

  • William Blake: Poems

    William Blake: Poems
    A collection of the eighteenth-century British poet's works includes his "Songs of Innocence," "Songs of Experience," and excerpts from "The Rossetti Manuscript."

    The Portable William Blake

    The Portable William Blake
    Includes Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience complete; the best of the "prophetic books"; a selection of his other great lyrics; representative prose pieces from A Descriptive Catalogue, Public Address and A Vision of the Last Judgement; complete drawings for the Book of Job; and selected letters.

    Blake: Poems

    Blake: Poems
    These Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover editions are popular for their compact size and reasonable price which do not compromise content. Poems: Blake contains a full selection of Blake's work, including Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, poems from Blake's Ms. book, poems from The Prophetic Books, and an index of first lines.

    Songs of Experience

    Songs of Experience
    Facsimile Reproduction with 26 Plates in Full...
    This facsimile of Blake's original "Illuminated Book" reproduces 26 full-color plates from a rare 1826 edition. Includes "The Tyger," "London," "Holy Thursday," and other immortal poems. 26 color plates. Printed text of poems.

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