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    Default Best Writing on William Blake

    I'm not sure whether this thread belongs here or in the "Thought" forum. That in itself is almost worthy of discussion.

    So what have you read on Blake that you've liked? Bonus points for stuff written in the past thirty years, also bonus points for anything inflected with structuralism or Marxism. I seem to remember someone mentioning him on Dissensus (or thereabouts) in the past.

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    marxism (but no structuralism...his book on althusser is apparently awful, whatever) and plenty of millenarianism, messianism, apocalypticism and general fun in this one-

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    that raine woman talks a lot of sense. i would liek to read yeats on blake but i haven't yet.

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    back in my undergrad days Northrop Frye was the guy.

    the very first biog of blake has recently been republished and, despite some quibbles, there is ackroyd's blake which gives some very sharp readings of soem of teh poems.

    yeats on blake seems an interesting proposition - must check it out

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    a few basics, some slightly more up to date than frye....

    John Beer - Blake’s Humanism. Manchester: 1968.
    David Erdman - Blake: Prophet Against Empire. 1977.
    Nelson Hilton - Literal Imagination: Blake’s Vision of Words. Berkeley 1983.
    John Meen - Dangerous Enthusiasm: William Blake and the Culture of Radicalism in the 1790s.1992

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    David Erdman - Blake: Prophet Against Empire. 1977.
    this is a good un

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    Thanks for the wonderful recommendations, everyone. I've got a few of these waiting for me at my library!

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    You need the Blake dictionary too

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    I have to say that I've never really "got" Blake, but then I've never had much of an inner ear for poetry. I love Philip Larkin and I'm trying to train myself to like other poets as much. Part of it is obviously reading things out loud. I remember reading Blake and finding it very simple, as his poetry is hailed for being - but deceptively so. But I couldn't see much more than the simplicity. Perhaps I read the wrong poems, or misread them.

    I love his drawings, though. I would like a good book on him, too, if only to help me understand what all the fuss is about.

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    You read songs of innocence and experience.

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    The prophetic books are not simple. I dont understand them. They are too hArd. I've been trying to read them for almost 20 years, and failing. Why not try the marriage of heaven and hell. That's neither simple nor incomprehensible

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    That's well long mate.

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    Skip the bits you find boring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    That's well long mate.
    told ya

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