Blake's Humanism

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Humanities-Ebooks, Jan 1, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 239 pages
It considers the guiding forces behind Visions of the Daughters of Albion and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, the roles of vision and energy in the Songs of Innocence and of Experience and lyrics such as' The Mental Traveller', Blakes's attempts at mythological interpretation of current events, first in' The French Revolution' and then in the prophetic books America, Europe and The Song of Los, and how Blake's fourfold vision is employed as a means of interpreting and illustrating major predecessors such as Milton and Chaucer.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
A Note on Texts and Punctuation
9
1 Blake and his Readers
10
2 A Fourfold Vision
27
3 The Energies of Desire
40
4 The Lion and the Rose
60
5 The Genius of Revolution
90
6 The Descending Vision
129
7 All Things Humanized
170
8 Unwanted Prospero
178
The Development of Blakes Mythology
201
The Gates of Paradise
205
A Commentary
217
List of Illustrations with Hyperlinks
221
PLATES
226
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John Beer is well known for his work on English Romantic literature. He has lectured in India and the U.S.A. as well as at Manchester and Cambridge, where he is now Emeritus Professor of English Literature and Fellow of Peterhouse. His books include Coleridge the Visionary, Coleridge's Poetic Intelligence, Blake's Humanism, Blake's Visionary Universe, Wordsworth and the Human Heart, Wordsworth in Time, Questioning Romanticism (ed.), Romantic Consciousness: Blake to Mary Shelley, Post-Romantic Consciousness: Dickens to Sylvia Plath, Romantic Influences and William Blake: A Literary Life.

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