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William Blake (World of Art)

Kathleen Raine, Dr Colin Trodd


An updated edition of this classic book, a thorough overview of William Blake’s life and work


Prophet, poet, painter, engraver – William Blake (1757–1827) was an artist of uniquely powerful imagination and far-reaching creative gifts.

Revealing Blake to be far more than a revolutionary social radical, this classic study, first published in 1968, reshaped our understanding of the artist’s achievement. Kathleen Raine – herself a renowned poet and critic – unravels the complex, deeply felt symbolism expressed in his paintings and prints, and describes the powerful impact of his reading of Dante, Milton and the Bible. Raine’s compelling and accessible text guides the reader through the life and thought of this extraordinary artist. Fully alive to the uniqueness of Blake’s vision, she relates the artist’s works to his world view and explains their prophetic qualities, their fierce energy and their central place in British Romantic art.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Publication date: 18 March 2021

ISBN: 9780500204726

Contents List

Preface • Introduction • 1. Apprentice to Antiquity • 2. ‘The lost art of the Greeks’ 3. A New Mode of Printing • 4. ‘Lovely Lambeth’ • 5. Night Thoughts • 6. Natural Friends • 7. The Line of the Almighty • 8. Spiritual Enemies • 9. Visions of Albion 10. The Interpreter • 11. King and Priest in his own Household

About the Author

Kathleen Raine wrote a number of books of poetry, and her Collected Poems appeared in 2000. Her other books include From Blake to a Vision (1979), Blake and the New Age (1979), The Human Face of God: William Blake and the Book of Job and four volumes of autobiography.