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.
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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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
The Chimney Sweeper (Innocence) and The Chimney Sweeper
The Divine Image
A Divine Image
From The Gates of Paradise, For The Sexes, Prologue
Holy Thursday (Innocence) and Holy Thursday (Experience)
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
The Land of Dreams
A Poison Tree
Preface to Milton
The Little Vagabond
On Art and Artists
The Sick Rose
The Voice of the Ancient Bard
To The Muses
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!
I am a curious listener. I like the old classics like William Blake, Shakespeare and I like books about mind, human behaviour and space.....
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.
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