By David V. Erdman
"An unsurpassed account of the ancient heritage — literary, cultural, and highbrow in addition to political and social—against which Blake labored and to which he replied as engraver, painter, and poet." — English Language Notes.
For decades, William Blake was once visible as an excellent eccentric at the fringes of English literature and artwork. within the 20th century, besides the fact that, he got here to be considered as one of many maximum English poets and painters, one whose insights have profoundly inspired such thinkers as Nietzsche, Freud, and D. H. Lawrence.
In this quantity, a number one Blake pupil exhibits how the political and social occasions and hobbies of the eighteenth and early 19th centuries inspired or encouraged a lot of Blake's most interesting poems: "America," "Europe," "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," "The French Revolution," "Songs of Innocence and of Experience," "The 4 Zoas," and diverse others. whereas Blake's poems might be learn on many degrees, this in-depth serious learn demonstrates that a lot of the unusual symbolism of this poetry represents a literary crusade opposed to the political tyranny of the day.
For the 3rd version, David Erdman additional a lot new fabric that got here to gentle after the unique e-book of the booklet in 1954. additionally incorporated are over 30 illustrations, a Chronology, an Appendix of additives and Revisions, and different fabrics. Written for college students, students, and Blake experts — somebody attracted to the connection of the poet's impressive symbolism and complicated notion to the historical past of his personal occasions — Erdman's meticulously documented examine is the definitive therapy of this element of Blake's paintings and is not going to be superseded.
"For our experience of Blake in his personal instances we're indebted to David Erdman greater than a person else." — Times Literary Supplement.
Dover (1991) republication of the 3rd (1977) version of Blake: Prophet opposed to Empire: A Poet's Interpretation of the heritage of His personal occasions, Princeton collage Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1954.
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