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‘Those who control their passions do so because their passions are weak enough to be controlled’ William Blake

William Blake is one of Britain’s most fascinating writers, who, as well as being a groundbreaking poet, is also well known as a painter, engraver, radical and mystic. Although Blake was dismissed as an eccentric by his contemporaries, his powerful and richly symbolic poetry has been a fertile source of inspiration to the many writers and artists who have followed in his footsteps. In this collection Patti Smith has collected together her personal selection of Blake’s poems, including the complete poems from the famous Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, to give a singular picture of this unique genius.

Reviews

There was no doubt that this poor man was mad, but there is something in the madness of this man which interests me more than the sanity of Lord Byron

William Wordsworth

The movement of his [Blake's] early verse are like the gambollings of some very powerful animal, still in its fluffy-footed and tottering babyhood

Samuel Butler Yeats

[Blake] always insists on the importance of the pure, clean line that evokes and creates the figure on the background of the uncreated void

James Joyce

Blake is a great liberating imaginative force

Tom Paulin

The poems of a man with a profound interest in human emotions, and a profound knowledge of them

T.S. Eliot

A visionary genius... There are passages of brilliance everywhere... The wonder of Blake is that he had an imagination that brought together words and images

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099511632

    January 1, 2008

    Vintage Classics

    192 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Hardback

    9781857157109

    November 25, 1994

    Everyman

    284 pages

    RRP $24.99

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    • Readings
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  • EBook

    9781407091396

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    192 pages

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Also by William Blake

Songs Of Innocence And Experience
Tyger, Tyger
Selected Poems
Compl Poetry Blake Rev Ed
Poems And Prophecies
Portable Blake Ppl
The Complete Poems

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