Selected Poems (Blake, William)

William Blake - Author

Gerald E. Bentley - Editor/introduction

Gerald E. Bentley - Notes by

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The soulful mysticism of Blake - captured in a definitive new collection of his finest verse

The soulful mysticism of Blake—captured in a definitive new collection of his finest verse

Writer and religious rebel, William Blake sowed the seeds of Romanticism in his innovative poems concerning faith and the vision that inspired him throughout his remarkable life. Whether describing his own spirituality, the innocence of youth, or the corruption caused by mankind, his writings depict a world in which spirits dominate and the mind is the gateway to Heaven. Presenting many of Blake’s major works in their complete texts, alongside extensive passages from such poems as “Jerusalem” and “The Gates of Paradise,” this collection spans his entire poetic life, from the exquisite lyrics of Poetic Sketches to Songs of Innocence and Experience—a compelling exploration of good and evil. Together, they illuminate a self-made realm that has fascinated artists and poets as diverse as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Yeats, and Ginsberg. This is the perfect introduction to Blake’s unforgettable poetry.

The Clod and the Pebble

"Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a heaven in hell's despair."

So sung a little Clod of Clay,
Trodden with the cattle's feet,
But a Pebble of the brook
Warbled out these metres meet:

"Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a hell in heaven's despite."



A Note on the Texts


Political Sketches (1783)

’An Island in the Moon’ ([?1784])

Songs by Shepherds (1787)

Tiriel ([?1789])

Songs of Innocence (1789)

The Book of Thel (1789)

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell ([1793])

’A Fairy leapt’ ([?1793])

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793)

America A Prophecy (1793)

Notebook ([?1793-?1818])

Songs of Experience (1794)

Europe A Prophecy (1794)

The First Book of Urizen (1794)

The Song of Los (1795)

I Asked a Thief (1796)

Vala or The Four Zoa’s ([?1796-?1807])

Letters (1800-1803)

Milton (1804[-11])

Jerusalem (1804[-20])

To the Queen (April 1807)

The Ballads of Pickering Manuscript ([after 1807])

The Ghost of Abel (1822)

For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise ([?1826])



Index of Titles and First Lines