Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Lamb and The Tyger

William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827) was an English poet, visionary, painter, and printmaker

Once considered mad for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is highly regarded today for his expressiveness and creativity, and the philosophical vision that underlies his work.

While his visual art and written poetry are usually considered separately, Blake often employed them in concert to create a product that at once defied and superseded convention

William Blake is the only artist of his rank who is even better known as a poet, and some of his most pleasing works are those he called "illuminated printing," which fuse picture and word to form a completely integrated and completely personal result.

Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul are two books of poetry by him. Songs of Innocence, published in 1789, comprises 31 illuminated poems; the book was republished in 1794 with Songs of Experience, with 54 plates in all.

Blake's books are similar to 15th-century blockbooks, so called because for each page the letters were, like the images, carved from the block rather than printed from movable type. Blake printed his plates in one colour only

Like most of the other poems in Songs of Innocence, the famous poem "The Lamb" has its parallel in Songs of Experience in "The Tyger."


The Tyger-- An Annotated Bibliography

The Lamb and The Tyger

William Blake’s Songs of Innocence

Blake`s Poetry

"The Lamb"

Two Songs from "Songs Of Innocence & Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul"