William Blake

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Sterling Publishing Company, 2007 - 48 pàgines
With its combination of poetic brilliance and exquisite art, the Poetry for Young People series has won the admiration of critics, educators, children, and parents. Every breathtaking volume in this acclaimed, bestselling collection features magnificent full-color illustrations that enhance each verse, and a renowned scholar’s guidance to help children understand and love poetry. There’s an introduction to each poem, full annotations that define unfamiliar vocabulary, and fascinating biographical information. The star of this superb new entry in the series is 18th century artist and poet William Blake, who wrote his mystical, spirit-filled verses for children and adults alike. Best known for his masterpieces "Songs of Innocence” and "Songs of Experience”--both excerpted here--he speaks of love, hate, anguish, relief and above all, mercy and the divine image that comforts us. Blake often uses simple, lovely language that young readers can appreciate, as well as animal metaphors; his poems sometimes even come in pairs, with the same subjects seen from different points of view. Professor John Maynard (Poetry for Young People: Alfred Lord Tennyson) provides the excellent biography and notes. Artist Alessandra Cimatoribus contributes richly colored and magically rendered paintings that fully capture the gentleness of "The Lamb,” the sparkling deep blue sky and angels of "Night,” and "The Tyger,” eyes glistening and sharp teeth bared--burning bright.
 

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What a wonderful way for kiddos to explore and learn about such great poets. The illustrations are amazing and the definitions for larger words are such a great idea to help younger readers understand what the poems are about. Llegeix la ressenya completa

Continguts

The Shepherd
10
The Ecchoing Green
11
The Lamb
12
The Chimney Sweeper
14
The Little Boy Lost
15
The Little Boy Found
16
The Divine Image
17
Night
18
The Sick Rose
32
The Angel
33
The Tyger
34
Ah SunFlower
35
The Garden of Love
36
Infant Sorrow
37
A Poison Tree
38
A Little Boy Lost
39

Nurses Song
20
A Dream
21
On Anothers Sorrow
22
The Clod the Pebble
24
Holy Thursday
25
from The Little Girl Lost
26
The Little Girl Found
28
The Chimney Sweeper
30
Nurses Song
31
The School Boy
40
from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
42
The Emanation of the Giant Albion
44
from Auguries of Innocence
45
from Milton
46
from To Thomas Butts October 2 1800
47
Index
48
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Sobre l'autor (2007)

William Blake's poems, prophecies, and engravings represent his strong vision and voice for rebellion against orthodoxy and all forms of repression. Born in London in November 1757; his father, a hosier of limited means, could do little for the boy's education. However, when the young Blake's talent for design became apparent, his wise father sent him to drawing school at the age of 10. In 1771 Blake was apprenticed to an engraver. Blake went on to develop his own technique, a method he claimed that came to him in a vision of his deceased younger brother. In this, as in so many other areas of his life, Blake was an iconoclast; his blend of printing and engraving gave his works a unique and striking illumination. Blake joined with other young men in support of the Revolutions in France and America. He also lived his own revolt against established rules of conduct, even in his own home. One of his first acts after marrying his lifetime companion, Catherine Boucher, was to teach her to read and write, rare for a woman at that time. Blake's writings were increasingly styled after the Hebrew prophets. His engravings and poetry give form and substance to the conflicts and passions of the elemental human heart, made real as actual characters in his later work. Although he was ignored by the British literary community through most of his life, interest and study of his work has never waned. Blake's creativity and original thinking mark him as one of the earliest Romantic poets, best known for his Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) and The Tiger. Blake died in London in 1827.

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