An Analysis of William Blake's Early Writings and Designs to 1790: Including Songs of Innocence (Studies in British Literature) pdf epub fb2

An Analysis of William Blake's Early Writings and Designs to 1790: Including Songs of Innocence (Studies in British Literature) by Kenneth Edward Smith pdf epub fb2

An Analysis of William Blake's Early Writings and Designs to 1790: Including Songs of Innocence (Studies in British Literature) Author: Kenneth Edward Smith
Title: An Analysis of William Blake's Early Writings and Designs to 1790: Including Songs of Innocence (Studies in British Literature)
ISBN: 0773479228
ISBN13: 978-0773479227
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Pages: 273 pages
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Pr (February 1, 2000)
Language: English
Category: Literature & Fiction
Size PDF version: 1908 kb
Size EPUB version: 1792 kb
Subcategory: Poetry




This study is informed by a knowledge of Blake seen against the background of the "long 18th century". Throughout, the reader is reminded that the Blake of "Songs of Innocence and Experience" shared a century with Fielding, Hogarth and Sterne; the classification of Blake as a "romantic" too often overlooks the form and content of satirical modes with which he was familiar. The study places Blake's "Songs of Innocence" in their historical context, and sites the poet within an historical work that bridges traditional, canonical categories of high culture versus popular culture. The author's aim was to return "innocence" to its original literary-historical context. "Songs of Innocence" and other early writings are included in the text.