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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (880 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Blake Narrator: Frederick Davidso Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“To see a World in a Grain of Sand 
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour.” —from “Auguries of Innocence”

At the end of his life, William Blake gave up hope of being widely understood, but the twentieth century brought his work a new and intense interest and acclaim. A poet, artist, and mystic, Blake declared that “I must Create a System or be enslav’d by another Man’s.” And create he did.

Included in this collection are well-known poems such as “Tyger! Tyger! burning bright” and “A Poison Tree,” longer poems such as “The Everlasting Gospel,” an assortment of epigrams and short satire, and Blake’s principal prose work, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Blake’s poetry is sexual grand opera of insta­bility, anguish, and resentment.”

    Camille Paglia, bestselling author of Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

  • “One of the most extraordinary persons of the age.”

    Charles Lamb

  • “[A] man of Genius.”

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • “A glorious luminary…a man not forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors.”

    William Rossetti, nineteenth century scholar

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lachwhip | 9/16/2013

    " Moments of brilliance amongst confusion. Definitely recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sasha | 8/7/2013

    " William Blake was a fantastic poet! My favorite poem by far is The Tyger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shirma | 5/24/2013

    " The Poison Tree and A Clod of Clay are my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Justin Wiggins | 5/16/2013

    " Certainly a volume I will return to again and again. "

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