Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake

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Princeton University Press, 1969 - Literary Criticism - 462 pages
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This brilliant outline of Blake's thought and commentary on his poetry comes on the crest of the current interest in Blake, and carries us further towards an understanding of his work than any previous study. Here is a dear and complete solution to the riddles of the longer poems, the so-called "Prophecies," and a demonstration of Blake's insight that will amaze the modern reader. The first section of the book shows how Blake arrived at a theory of knowledge that was also, for him, a theory of religion, of human life and of art, and how this rigorously defined system of ideas found expression in the complicated but consistent symbolism of his poetry. The second and third parts, after indicating the relation of Blake to English literature and the intellectual atmosphere of his own time, explain the meaning of Blake's poems and the significance of their characters.

 

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"There is only one false religion as there is only one true one; and it has two infallible marks. First, it postulates some kind of God who is unknown and mysterious because he is not inside us but ... Read full review

Contents

II
3
III
30
IV
55
V
85
VI
108
VII
145
VIII
147
IX
187
XI
269
XII
311
XIII
313
XIV
356
XV
404
XVII
431
XVIII
435
XIX
451

X
227

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Jean O'Grady is associate editor of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye at Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Alvin A. Lee is a professor emeritus in the Department of English at McMaster University, a research associate at Victoria College in the University of Toronto, and general editor of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye. The late Northrop Frye was a professor in the Department of English at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

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