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"An unsurpassed account of the historical background — literary, cultural, and intellectual as well as political and social—against which Blake worked and to which he responded as engraver, painter, and poet." — English Language Notes. For many years, William Blake was seen as a brilliant eccentric on the fringes of English literature and art. In the twentieth century, however, he came to be regarded as one of the greatest English poets and painters, one whose insights have profoundly influenced such thinkers as Nietzsche, Freud, and D. H. Lawrence. In this volume, a leading Blake scholar shows how the political and social events and movements of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries influenced or inspired many of Blake's finest poems: "America," "Europe," "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," "The French Revolution," "Songs of Innocence and of Experience," "The Four Zoas," and numerous others. While Blake's poems can be read on many levels, this in-depth critical study demonstrates that much of the strange symbolism of this poetry represents a literary campaign against the political tyranny of the day. For the third edition, David Erdman added much new material that came to light after the original publication of the book in 1954. Also included are over 30 illustrations, a Chronology, an Appendix of Additions and Revisions, and other materials. Written for students, scholars, and Blake specialists — anyone interested in the relationship of the poet's extraordinary symbolism and complex thought to the history of his own times — Erdman's meticulously documented study is the definitive treatment of this aspect of Blake's work and is unlikely to be superseded. "For our sense of Blake in his own times we are indebted to David Erdman more than anyone else." — Times Literary Supplement. Dover (1991) republication of the third (1977) edition of Blake: Prophet Against Empire: A Poet's Interpretation of the History of His Own Times, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1954.



Inhalt

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Explanation of Notes
List of Illustrations
Figures in the Text
PART ONE: THE AMERICAN WAR
1 War Unchained
2. The Fierce Americans
3. Republican Art
4. The Enormous Plagues
PART TWO: THE PEACEFUL 'EIGHTIES
5. English Genius and the Main Chance
6. We Who Are Philosophers
PART THREE: THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
7. First Voice of the Morning
8. The Eternal Hell Revives
PART FOUR: ENGLAND'S CRISIS
9. Seeking the Trump of Doom
10. Visions of the Daughters
11. The Fatness of the Earth
12. The Secret Child
13. Infinite London
PART FIVE: SYMPHONIES OF WAR
14. When Thought Is Closed
15. The Lion & the Wolf
16. Under the Great Work Master
17. In the Tents of Prosperity
18. A Wondrous Harvest
PART SIX: PEACE?
19. I Take the World with Me
20. Mad Again
21. Soft Repentant Moan
PART SEVEN: ENDLESS DESTRUCTION?
22. Another England There
23. O Voltaire! Rousseau!
24. What Mov'd Milton
25. Renew the Arts on Britains Shore
26. War on the Rhine & Danube
27. The Intellectual War
Epilogue: In Equivocal Worlds
Chronology
Appendix of Additions and Revisions
Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Blake
Untertitel: Prophet Against Empire
Autor:
EAN: 0800759143900
ISBN: 978-0-486-14390-3
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Dover Publications
Genre: Kunst
Anzahl Seiten: 608
Veröffentlichung: 16.08.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 3.2 MB
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