By William Blake
William Blake (1757 - 1827) is without doubt one of the nice figures in literature, via turns poet, artist and visonary. Profoundly libertarian in outlook, Blake's engagement with the problems of his day is widely known and this - together with his personal idiosynratic matters - flows via his poetry and artwork. Like Milton earlier than him, the prodigality of his allusions and references is nothing short of amazing. Consquently, his longer viosnary poems can challege the fashionable reader, who will locate during this avowedly open version all they may have to interpret the poetry. W. H. Stevenson's Blake is a masterpiece of scrupulous scholarship. it really is, because the editor makes transparent in his creation, 'designed to be extensively, and fluently, read' and this 3rd variation comprises many adjustments to additional that target. a few of the headnotes were rewritten and the footnotes up-to-date. the total texts of the early prose tracts, All Religions are One and there's no ordinary faith, are integrated for the 1st time. often, Blake's capitalisation has been restored, greater to show the expressive individuality of his writing. moreover, a whole color plate part encompasses a illustration of Blake's most vital work and designs. because the 250th anniversary of his start methods, Blake has probably extra readers than ever sooner than; Blake: the total Poems will stand these readers, new and previous, in solid stead for a few years to return.
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POETICAL SKETCHES 185 190 195 200 205 210 215 31 Chand. That man’s a hero in his closet, and more A hero to the servants of his house Than to the gaping world; he carries windows In that enlarged breast of his that all May see what’s done within. Prince. He is a genuine Englishman, my Chandos, And hath the spirit of liberty within him. Forgive my prejudice, Sir John; I think My Englishmen the bravest people on The face of the earth. Chand. Courage, my Lord, proceeds from selfdependence; Teach man to think he’s a free agent, Give but a slave his liberty, he’ll shake Off sloth, and build himself a hut, and hedge A spot of ground.
Xvii 65. like balances] Cp. Paradise Lost iv 1011–14: ‘. . read thy lot in yon celestial sign, / Where thou art weighed, and shown how light, how weak / If thou resist. The Fiend looked up, and knew / His mounted scale aloft: nor more; but fled . ’ POETICAL SKETCHES 75 80 17 A sea of blood; nor can the eye See to the trembling shore. And on the verge of this wild sea Famine and death doth cry; The cries of women and of babes Over the field doth fly. The king is seen raging afar With all his men of might; Like blazing comets, scattering death Through the red feverous night.
Gordred here may derive from Chatterton’s Godred Crovan; the style is very Chattertonian. The ballad form is Percy’s rather than Chatterton’s (who borrowed it from Percy), but B. would know it also from its general circulation. ’s ballad is noticeably literary; he misses the spare vigour of the Scottish ballad. POETICAL SKETCHES 5 10 15 20 The nobles of the land did feed Upon the hungry poor; They tear the poor man’s lamb and drive The needy from their door. ’ Gordred the giant roused himself From sleeping in his cave; He shook the hills, and in the clouds The troubled banners wave.