Christmas Wishlist: Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience
The Christmas trees and lights have been hanging and standing for a few weeks already but most of us do not have bought presents yet for the big day. One particularly good gift?
Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience.
These songs by famous romanticist William Blake show the “two contrary states of the human soul”. Both versions we have at the David Krut Bookstore – one with gilded pages, one with a most pretty cover illustration – are handy books and easily affordable.
Both show the original illustrations and printed poems as originally published by Blake next to an easier to read machine-type font. They also contain an introduction explaining the poem and giving context to Blake’s times.
It is the perfect gift for literary nerds, poem lovers (who doesn’t love poems?) and arts enthusiasts. William Blake was not only a poet; he was a painter and printmaker as well. With this book, you get a little bit of all of these occupations.