The Penguin Complete Blake is by far the best edition for those who want to know how Blake works and what he was driving at in his so-called Prophetic Books, like MILTON and JERUSALEM. Other annotated editions, for example Harold Bloom's, are over-influenced by the editor's own opinions and sometimes refuse to explain the simplest things, like who the characters are or what Blake means by such terms as "spectre."
Penguin covers it all, with as good a character listing as the famous BLAKE DICTIONARY's, and excellent notes keyed to the text so the reader knows what's happening as the prophetic poems go along. No other Blake collection gives so much, or so useful, help. In fact, there's nothing else like this Blake out there for helping the reader.
Other reviewers have complained that Penguin lacks color plates. True enough, and some of the far more expensive color plate editions have good notes, but nothing like as good as Penguin's.
Blake writes in a dreamlike style, and it is impossible to make total sense of him, but more than a century of scholarship has gone into clarifying his work, and he needs every annotation he gets here. An unparalleled great edition.
- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Words Poetry; Revised ed. edition (6 September 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781853264337
- ISBN-13: 978-1853264337
- ASIN: 1853264334
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.8 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
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