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The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake


William Blake (28 November 1757–12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. 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. His prophetic poetry has been said to form "what in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry has led one contemporary art critic to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced". Although he lived in London his entire life except for three years spent in Felpham  he produced a diverse and symbolically rich corpus, which embraced the imagination as "the body of God",or "Human existence itself". Considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. His paintings and poetry have been characterized as part of both the Romantic movement and "Pre-Romantic", for its large appearance in the 18th century. Reverent of the Bible but hostile to the Church of England, Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American revolutions, as well as by such thinkers as Jakob Boehme and Emanuel Swedenborg. Despite these known influences, the singularity of Blake's work makes him difficult to classify. The 19th century scholar William Rossetti characterised Blake as a "glorious luminary," and as "a man not forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors."
Historian Peter Marshall has classified Blake as one of the forerunners of modern anarchism, along with Blake's contemporary William Godwin.




All Religions are One
There is No Natural
Religion [a]
There is No Natural
Religion [b]
The Book of Thel
Songs of Innocence and
of Experience (Index)
For Children: The Gates
of Paradise
The Marriage of
Heaven and Hell
Visions of the
Daughters of Albion
America a Prophecy
Europe a Prophecy
The Song of Los
The [First] Book of
The Book of Ahania
The Book of Los
Milton: a Poem in 2
Jerusalem: The
Emanation of The Giant
To the Public
Chap: 1 [plates4-27]
To the Jews
"The fields from
Islington to Marybone
Chap: 2 [plates
To the Deists
"I saw a Monk of
Chap 3 [plates
To the Christians
"I stood among my
valleys of the south"
"England! awake! . .
C[hap] 4 [plates 78-99]

For the Sexes: The
Gates of Paradise
On Homers Poetry
On Virgil
The Ghost of Abel
The French Revolution
The Four Zoas
Vala Night the First
Vala Night the
Vala Night the
Vala Night the
Vala Night the Fifth
Vala Night the Sixth
Vala Night the
Vala Night the
Vala Night the
Ninth Being The Last
Poetical Sketches
[An Island in the Moon]
[Songs and Ballads]
[The Pickering
Manuscript] (Index)
[Satiric Verses and Epigrams]
The Everlasting Gospel
[Blake's Exhibition and Catalogue of 1809]
[Descriptions of the Last Judgment]
[Blake's Chaucer:Prospectuses]
[Public Address]

Annotations to:
Lavater's Aphorisms
on Man
Swedenborg's Heaven
and Hell
Swedenborg's Divine
Love and Divine Wisdom
Swedenborg's Divine
An Apology for the
Bible by R. Watson
Bacon's Essays Moral,
Economical and Political
Boyd's Historical
Notes on Dante
The Works of Sir
Joshua Reynolds
Observations on Insanity
Berkeley's Siris
Wordsworth's Poems
Wordsworth's Preface
to The Excursion
Thorton's The Lord's
Prayer, Newly Translated
Young's Night
[Inscriptions and Notes On
or For Pictures]
[Miscellaneous Prose]
[The Letters] (Index)



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