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Publisher's Summary

At the end of his life, William Blake (1757-1827) gave up hope of being widely understood, but the twentieth century brought to his work a new and intense interest and acclaim.

Included in this collection are well-known poems such as "Tyger! Tyger! Burning Bright" and "A Poison Tree"; longer poems such as "The Everlasting Gospel", "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"; Blake's principal prose work; and an assortment of epigrams and short satire.

Poet, artist, and mystic, Blake wrote, "I must Create a System or be enslav'd by another Man's." Create he did.

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Wonderful Collection

William Blake is one of my favorite poets and this collection contained many of his poems I love. My favorite, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, was thankfully included.

This is a nice collection to feed the soul and engage the mind.

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Musical, insightful poetry

Wonderfully narrated, and most relevant to our 21st century questioning of basic truths about life, joy, God and each other.

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Poorly recorded Overperformed Narration

A great collection poorly put together.
There’s an audible background chatter going on throughout the recording, kinda distracting and surprised this recording was still offered with such poor quality, but meh it’s free so i suppose you can’t expect it to be well done.
About the narrator, it’s too overdone and it’s more performed rather than narrated and as some reviewers already pointed out it can be hard to listen to.
I wish Audible wasn’t so lazy about providing proper table of contents for audiobooks, they almost never have chapter titles,or even correctly numbered chapters, but this one is even worse in that all the works are recorded into two chapters, you can’t easily find or skip to any piece you want to hear, or know how exactly these are divided into two chapters, which is particularly annoying in a collection.

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Narrator has a very lugubrious voice.

It is hard to listen to this narrator. His reading the poems is distracting. However, Audible is not letting me return this.

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Incredible poems horrendously read.

Blimey. Didn’t think it was possible to misinterpret Blake. Or to find a Shakespeareanesque actor whose only skill is pronounciation. Audible - Please don’t do this to William Blake - he deserves better.

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Good selection

I’ve read various works of Blake and this seems to me to be a good recap of his poems at various stages.

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Cant get past the voice

To bad I will never hear this book. The narrator voice is brutal I could not listen. I cant rate the story as I have not heard it.