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Overview

Nineteenth-century critic William Rossetti once called British painter and poet William Blake a “glorious luminary,” proclaiming him “a man not forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors.”

Though relatively unrecognized during his lifetime, appreciation for Blake has ballooned in the last century, creating scores of notable “Blakeans” throughout the years. While considered a seminal figure in the Romantic Movement, thinker and artist William Blake truly defies categorization, creating vivid, bizzare, and multilayered poems and paintings, often of a prophetic nature. Blake purposefully strove to develop his art and thought independent of any tradition, believing the rational Western heritage to be fundamentally flawed. Blake was openly critical of the Anglican Church and of organized religion in general, yet his work consistently displays reverence for the Bible as a source of absolute truth, adding yet another layer to his art.

This collection features some of Blake’s most celebrated works, including the epic poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and an extensive volume of William Blake’s collected poems, including the popular Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. This collection is also supplemented by two biographical works—The Life of William Blake and William Blake: Painter and Poet—which offer scholarly perspectives into his life and works. Nearly 200 years after his death, the work of William Blake is celebrated with increasing enthusiasm as readers and critics continue exploring the depths of his glittering singularity and once-neglected merit.

The Logos editions of these valuable volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Study Blake’s texts alongside a library of classic literature and philosophy. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful searches help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Tablet and mobile apps let you take your study with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

 

Key Features

  • Includes William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
  • Provides biographies on Blake and analyses of his work
  • Offers an extensive variety of his poetry

Individual Titles

The Poems of William Blake

  • Author: William Blake
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 344

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This volume compiles a wide array of William Blake’s poetic works. The Poems of William Blake includes the popular Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, as well as various poetical sketches, poems taken from letters, epigrams, and satirical pieces. This work provides a great introduction to Blake’s poetry.

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

  • Author: William Blake
  • Publisher: John W. Luce and Company
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 47

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This volume contains one of William Blake’s most popular and most studied works, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. This series of texts consists mainly of prose, along with two poems: the opening “Argument,” and the “Song of Liberty.” The work is written in the style of biblical prophecy and describes the poet’s imaginary visit to Hell, as done by Dante and Milton. Written between 1790 and 1793, it was originally published with Blake’s vibrant accompanying illustrations, produced from etched plates and then colored.

The Life of William Blake

  • Author: Alexander Gilchrist
  • Publisher: John Lane
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 533

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Alexander Gilchrist’s biography of William Blake, first published in 1863, remains a classic, retaining its position as a standard reference work. Thorough, detailed, and balanced, it provides an intimate look at the luminary figure of William Blake, and it has helped to promote greater appreciation of the once-neglected artist and thinker. Gilchrist works chronologically through Blake’s life, and provides analysis of his works along the way, offering great insight into Blake’s life and works.

Alexander Gilchrist (1828–1861) is best known as the biographer of William Blake. He was born at Newington Green, just north of London. He was the son of a Unitarian minister, and gave up studying law to take up art and literary criticism. He also wrote Life of William Etty, R. A..

William Blake: Painter and Poet

  • Author: Richard Garnett
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1895
  • Pages: 80

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William Blake: Painter and Poet provides in-depth analysis of William Blake’s literary and artistic pursuits. Complete with numerous illustrations, Richard Garnett discusses Blake’s body of unique work with skillful attention, helping readers to better understand his important place in artistic history.

Richard Garnett (1789–1850) was an English philologist and librarian, becoming “keeper of the printed books” in the British Museum.

Product Details

  • Title: Select Works of William Blake
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,004

About William Blake

William Blake (1757–1827) was born in Soho, London, to a tradesman. Leaving school at the age of 10, he was educated at home afterward, and attended drawing classes. In 1772 he was apprenticed to an engraver for seven years, after which he became a professional engraver, and a student at the Royal Academy. He married Catherine Boucher in 1782, who was an instrumental asset in the rest of his career. Experimenting with a number of artistic styles, he has become most well-known for his relief etchings and illustrated poems. He produced a large, diverse, and rich body of work throughout his life, and he continues to be celebrated for the great vision and singularity of his work.