By David V. Erdman
"An unsurpassed account of the historic history — literary, cultural, and highbrow in addition to political and social—against which Blake labored and to which he spoke back as engraver, painter, and poet." — English Language Notes.
For decades, William Blake used to be visible as an excellent eccentric at the fringes of English literature and artwork. within the 20th century, in spite of 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 student indicates how the political and social occasions and routine of the eighteenth and early 19th centuries motivated or encouraged a lot of Blake's best poems: "America," "Europe," "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," "The French Revolution," "Songs of Innocence and of Experience," "The 4 Zoas," and various others. whereas Blake's poems may be learn on many degrees, this in-depth serious research 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 mild after the unique book of the ebook in 1954. additionally incorporated are over 30 illustrations, a Chronology, an Appendix of additives and Revisions, and different fabrics. Written for college kids, students, and Blake experts — somebody drawn to the connection of the poet's notable symbolism and intricate suggestion to the heritage of his personal instances — Erdman's meticulously documented research is the definitive remedy of this point of Blake's paintings and is not going to be superseded.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 an individual else." — Times Literary Supplement.
Dover (1991) republication of the 3rd (1977) variation of Blake: Prophet opposed to Empire: A Poet's Interpretation of the heritage of His personal instances, Princeton college Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1954.
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