Introduction Paradise. Of her we shall have occasion to speak aga1n.
In 1783 there appeared a thin volume, of some seventy pages, entitled Poetical Sketches. By W. B. The contents also include two prose pieces, 6 King Edward the Third, a fragment of Shakespearean drama.
This book, which is now of extreme rarity, was printed at the expense of Flaxman and another friend of Blake's, the Rev. Henry Mathew. The latter wrote an Advertisement, in which he men tions that the following Sketches were the pro duction of untutored youth, commenced in his twelfth, and occasionally resumed by the author till his twentieth year.
The fact that the Sketches were never, strictly speaking, published, is in itself enough to account for their failing to attract the slightest notice. Yet their promise, as the work of so young a writer, was of the fairest.
The magic of some of the lyrics could not have been attained scarcely even approached by any poet of the day, except Burns, whose career was nearly at an end. In Mr W. M. Rossetti's words, they have the same sort of pungent perfume,-in definable, but not evanescent, that belongs to the choicest Elizabethan songs.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - William Blake
Published Date - August 26 2019
ISBN - 9780483367395
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.8 cm
Page Count - 81
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