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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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what a gift to listen to Blake

his tiger burns bright as it leaps from the page to the voice. who knew Blake could be sparky as well as ethereal. what a kick I got out of hearing him lambast Swinbourn

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technical folks are lazy?

is it truly hard to break up each poem into its own chapter with a title (when the poem has a title). just seems like laziness; like someone just can't be bothered because they truly don't care.

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The egotistical sublime!

Welcome to the NHK! Everyone's in a tizzy about what such and such contemporary poet said, or is worried (wearied?) that so 🤔 and so is "controversial" because of his or her "personal life".

I wonder how mad they would get if they listened to poets who lived 200 years ago!!!

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good poetry awful reader

The reader has such an awful tone that it renders even the best poetry unpalatable

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I was hoping his poetry would equal his painting.

He is better with the brush. Some of it was hard to get through. Maybe its just me though.

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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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  • 03-28-22

a shame

such profound and seminal work read with a register of mild indifference. I couldn't bear it.

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  • Roger in exile
  • 08-12-22

no no no

I am at a loss. I feel so inadvertently prejudiced. too camp. sorry. I had to stop i wasn't listening to the poetry merely wondering how Mr Blake actually spoke. I've no idea.
seriously, surely not like David Walliams.
I was so looking forward to this but now I've had to move away, feeling guilty.

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  • Fothergill
  • 07-26-22

Impossible!

This reader has done an extraordinary thing, he has made Blake unlistenable to, so mannered but obviously
Thinks he is empathetic, quite tragic really .

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  • Cliff Moyce
  • 07-16-22

Wonderful poems - but the reading is unusual

I have listened to this audiobook dozens of times, and each time it gets better. At first, I found the mannered reading style off-putting, but becoming accustomed to the presentation has allowed me to appreciate the content more and more. And such content! Blake could just as easily be writing in the 21st century as the 18th, his parables are so timeless (and beautiful).

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  • philip
  • 06-16-22

narrator is terrible

I'm sad to say that I could not finish this.
The narrator is awful and really annoying. Love Blake's poetry but the narration absolutely ruined this .