Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul (Illuminated Manuscript with the Original Illustrations of William Blake)

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Songs of Innocence was the first of Blake's illuminated books published in 1789. It is a cheerful and optimistic volume which concerns itself with such themes as springtime, children's games, the freedom of the human spirit, and a kind and loving God.
Songs of Experience is the second part of Songs of Innocence and of Experience. The poems and artwork were reproduced by copperplate engravings and colored by hand. Blake republished Songs of Innocence and Experience several times, often changing the number and order of the plates. The spelling, punctuation and capitalization are those of the original Blake manuscripts.
William Blake (1757 - 1827) was a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books. Blake proclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the 18th-century. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.



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William Blake

William Blake (1757 - 1827) est un poète, peintre et graveur anglais. Méconnu de son vivant, Blake est aujourd'hui considéré comme une
figure majeure de la poésie et des arts visuels de l'âge romantique. Bien qu'il ait vécu à Londres toute sa vie, il a produit une oeuvre diverse et
symboliquement riche. Peu reconnu par ses contemporains, il est aujourd'hui tenu en haute estime pour son expressivité et sa créativité, ainsi que pour les courants philosophiques et mystiques qui irriguent son oeuvre. Chrétien engagé, hostile à l'Église d'Angleterre, Blake a été influencé dans sa jeunesse par les idéaux et les ambitions des révolutions française et américaine, avant de déchanter.

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