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The Great Poets: William Blake Audiobook

The Great Poets: William Blake

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Audible Editor Reviews

Blake's poetry presents a series of challenges for those reading it aloud because it ranges from the exuberant to the frightening. The use of three narrators in this audio anthology is a wise editorial decision, as it allows the poems to benefit from a broader range of voices. The power of Blake's apocalyptic verse is dramatic, almost chilling.

Publisher's Summary

Naxos AudioBooks begins its new series of Great Poets with William Blake. This program contains all of his most popular works - including "Tyger", "The Auguries of Innocence", and "Jerusalem" - as well as some lesser-known poetry that demonstrates the range and power of his verse.

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  • ESK
    Moscow, Russia
    "Overwhelming, mystical and... menacing"

    You can consider him mad or otherworldly or sectarian, but you cannot deny his genius. He was truly the prophet of the Romantic age who condemned social evils and slavery. He wasn't appreciated in his time, but, thankfully, he is now regarded as one of the most outstanding figures in poetry and the visual arts.

    Here's the list of poems on the audio:
    Auguries of Innocence
    Introduction to Songs of Innocence
    A Cradle Song
    Introduction to Songs of Experience
    A Dream
    The Chimney Sweeper (Innocence) and The Chimney Sweeper
    The Divine Image
    A Divine Image
    From The Gates of Paradise, For The Sexes, Prologue
    Infant Joy
    Gnomic Verses
    The Fly
    Holy Thursday (Innocence) and Holy Thursday (Experience)
    Laughing Song
    The Garden of Love
    From An Island in the Moon
    A Little Boy Found
    A Little Boy Lost
    The Little Girl Found
    A Little Girl Lost
    I Heard an Angel
    The Human Abstract
    From Jerusalem
    The Land of Dreams
    Nurse’s Song
    Love’s Secret
    A Poison Tree
    Preface to Milton
    The Little Vagabond
    On Art and Artists
    The Sick Rose
    Ah, Sunflower
    The Voice of the Ancient Bard
    To The Muses
    The Lamb
    The Tyger
    On Another’s Sorrow

    The narrators did a phenomenal job! I was especially interested to hear their reading of the Tyger and A Poison Tree as they are my favourite poems. Masterly presentation!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • cuneyt
    "Master of poetic madness and beauty"

    William Blake is undoubtedly one of the greatest poets ever lived and still lives through his poetry. He is the Nostradamus of written and visual literature. I used to read his poetry aloud for myself to feel the power of his words better. This audiobook allowed me to hear his powerful words in their meaningful order to be read to me by several passionate readers. I recommend you to buy this audiobook, turn off all the lights (maybe only a candle if you like). Then allow yourself to sit an hour listen to the smoothly dancing words in and around and feel the sweet rush.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nick B
    Bellevue, NE

    The use of several different narrators bringing life to Blake's work adds a poignancy to the poetry that the author would have well-appreciated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nathan
    "A gem"

    its very good! Also if your a fan of The Doors the second poem is quoted in End of the Night.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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