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it s blake what else do you need This is a poem of incomparable complexity and opacity, but among the finest of Blake s prophetic works In this beautiful edition, the intellectual challenge of interpreting both word and image is mitigated by scholarly commentary and editorial insertions nevertheless, there remains plenty of room for the reader to ponder and ruminate on Blake s dazzling verse, undoubtedly yielding a multiplicity of interpretations. I found a lovely folio size copy of Blake s Jerusalem from 1906 in the 2nd hand bookshop on Charring Cross road It was beautiful type and paper and something I d been meaning to read for awhile I d read Marriage of Heaven and Hell and the Songs of innocence and experience years ago Despite having read the introduction the poems made Very Little Sense I think I will have to buy myself an illustrated version and see if that helps But even without much sense it was still beautiful and there were lovely lines that really jumped out at me I think I will have to buy the illustrated version and see if that helps it make sense But even though I was confussed I still really liked it and enjoyed the themes, which I think were industrialisation, god, mis interpretation of Christianity and some trouble between the sexes But I could be wrong on that. I am not a poetry buff I enjoy it, and I appreciate it, but it is not my passion.With that being said, this was a rough one for me I like Blake a lot, but I struggled getting through this it was odd, though even though I found it difficult to follow and hard to keep reading, it kept me coming back If you think you d like reading something that s a cross between the old testament and Revelation, written in King James, then you would probably really like this book. Like all editions in this series, this edition provides a beautiful full color representation of one copy of the work represented in this volume with some smaller reproductions of other copies in an appendix Blake s work is accompanied by useful commentary and annotations. I found a lovely folio size copy of Blake s Jerusalem from 1906 in the 2nd hand bookshop on Charring Cross road It was beautiful type and paper and something I d been meaning to read for awhile I d read Marriage of Heaven and Hell and the Songs of innocence and experience years ago Despite having read the introduction the poems made Very Little Sense I think I will have to buy myself an illustrated version and see if that helps But even without much sense it was still beautiful and there were lovely lines that really jumped out at me I think I will have to buy the illustrated version and see if that helps it make sense But even though I was confussed I still really liked it and enjoyed the themes, which I think were industrialisation, god, mis interpretation of Christianity and some trouble between the sexes But I could be wrong on that. Sort of an odd collection of Blake s work, but it certainly does the trick, and it looks neat, to boot. This is a pretty compelling poem about attempting to spread the word of God throughout all of England, and making it a new Jerusalem. Okay, I am not about to review William Blake Reading his work is an experience, and you re in the mood to get it or not You don t, in the 21st century, evaluate it Still it is fair, I think, to try to evaluate this edition of his work.When I was reading Alan Moore s remarkable novel Jerusalem a few weeks ago, I wanted to get a sense of Blake s Jerusalem I pulled my trusty Penguin Collected Blake off the shelf and started reading, but then I realized I was missing a big part of the experience Moore may have written a novel entirely in text, but it s one that turns on the visual fine art he describes And, of course, Moore has spent most of his career in graphic novels So, I wanted to see the illustrations Blake prepared for his own work That turned out to be tougher than I expected I assumed there d be an easily accessible on line edition, but I couldn t find one nor could the college reference librarian I consulted There are some great digitized editions on line at the New York Public Library, but not for Jerusalem Instead, we found this edition from Princeton University Press and, expensive as it is, we ordered it for the library.It s a beautiful book, and it s possible to see all 100 plates of the poem back to back Still I believe the originals are a good bit larger than the reproduction And, at least in my imagination, they re brighter than the pastels of this Plus, as a result of the sizing, it s hard to read the words of the text Sure they re typed out at the end of this, but I had that in my Penguin.So, while this may be the best edition available, it still leaves a lot to be desired Somehow, it seems, this masterwork of English literature remains inaccessible.All that said, there are better places to start reading Blake This one is late stage stuff It s hard to make sense of it since its mythology is already developed I mean who exactly are Los and Albion, and what do they have to with the dismemberment of Jerusalem who is himself simultaneously a character, a symbol, and a city as well as a representation of 18th Century London And the language and tone is right out of the Book of Revelations with bizarre pronouncements and everything functioning at a mythological, symbolic level than a literal one.There are some great lines, of course This is Blake after all A couple I love are, The sons of Albion are by Abstraction opposed to the Visions of Imagination, and As God is love every kindness to another is a little Death I don t pretend to understand it, and I missed being able to see the large and bright illustrations I imagine Blake must have wanted to accompany them, but there is nevertheless occasional magic in the glimpse we get. The Nature Of William Blake S Genius And Of His Art Is Most Completely Expressed In His Illuminated Books In Order To Give Full And Free Expression To His Vision Blake Invented A Method Of Printing That Enabled Him To Create Works In Which Words And Images Combine To Form Pages Uniquely Rich In Content And Beautiful In Form It Is Only Through The Pages As Originally Conceived And Published By The Poet Himself That Blake S Meaning Can Be Fully Experienced