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Fearful Symmetry : A Study of William Blake - Northrop Frye

Fearful Symmetry

A Study of William Blake

Paperback Published: 1st April 1969
ISBN: 9780691012919
Number Of Pages: 488

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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.

"A magnificent, extraordinary book... Several great poets have written of Blake, but this book is the first to show the full magnitude of Blake's mind."--The Spectator

The Argument
The Case against Lockep. 3
The Rising Godp. 30
Beyond Good and Evilp. 55
A Literalist of the Imaginationp. 85
The Word Within the Wordp. 108
The Development of the Symbolism
Tradition and Experimentp. 147
The Theif of Firep. 187
The Refiner in Firep. 227
The Nightmare with Her Ninefoldp. 269
The Final Synthesis
Comus agonistsp. 313
The City of Godp. 356
The Burden of the Valley of Visionp. 404
General Note: Blake'S Mysticismp. 431
Notes on the Illustrationsp. 433
Notes to the Testp. 435
Indexp. 451
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ISBN: 9780691012919
ISBN-10: 0691012911
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 1st April 1969
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.1  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.57