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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

William Blake: The Poems

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230348073
Publication Date July 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Analysing Texts

William Blake was ignored in his own time. Now, however, his Songs of Innocence and Experience and 'prophetic books' are widely admired and studied.

The second edition of this successful introductory text:
• leads the reader into the Songs and 'prophetic books' via detailed analysis of individual poems and extracts, and now features additional insightful analyses
• provides useful sections on 'Methods of Analysis' and 'Suggested Work' to aid independent study
• offers expanded historical and cultural context, and an extended sample of critical views that includes discussion of the work of recent critics
• provides up-to-date suggestions for further reading.

William Blake: The Poems is ideal for students who are encountering the work of this major English poet for the first time. Nicholas Marsh encourages you to enjoy and explore the power and beauty of Blake's poems for yourself.

NICHOLAS MARSH was formerly teacher of English at Francis Holland School in Regent's Park, London, UK. He is the author of How to Begin Studying English Literature, now in its third edition, and several other titles in the Analysing Texts series, of which he is the General Editor.

General Editor's Preface
A Note on Editions and Technical Terms
PART I: ANALYSING WILLIAM BLAKE'S POETRY
Introduction
Innocence and Experience
Nature in the Songs, and Towards the Prophetic Books
Society and its Ills
Sexuality, the Selfhood and Self-Annihilation
PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS
Blake's Life and Works
A Sample of Critical Views
Further Reading
Index.

Reviews

Lucid and perceptive, Marsh's new edition of his valuable study brilliantly restores to readers and students alike the depth and brightness of Blake's genius.' - John Blades, formerly atUniversity of Leeds, UK.
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