Eternity's Sunrise

Eternity's Sunrise

The Imaginative World of William Blake

Book - 2015
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"William Blake, overlooked in his time, remains an enigmatic figure to contemporary readers despite his near canonical status. Out of a wounding sense of alienation and dividedness he created a profoundly original symbolic language, in which words and images unite in a unique interpretation of self and society. He was a counterculture prophet whose art still challenges us to think afresh about almost every aspect of experience - social, political, philosophical, religious, erotic, and aesthetic. He believed that we live in the midst of Eternity here and now, and that if we could open our consciousness to the fullness of being, it would be like experiencing a sunrise that never ends. Following Blake's life from beginning to end, acclaimed biographer Leo Damrosch draws extensively on Blake's poems, his paintings, and his etchings and engravings to offer this generously illustrated account of Blake the man and his vision of our world. The author's goal is to inspire the reader with the passion he has for his subject, achieving the imaginative response that Blake himself sought to excite. The book is an invitation to understanding and enjoyment, an invitation to appreciate Blake's imaginative world and, in so doing, to open the doors of our perception."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780300200676
Branch Call Number: 921 BLAKE, WILLIAM
Characteristics: ix, 332 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm


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May 09, 2018

(*William Blake quote*) - "Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death."

Born in Soho, London (1757) - (painter/engraver/poet) William Blake was a exceptionally gifted artist with a unique vision whose work went largely unrecognized in his lifetime.

Meticulously researched by art historian, Leo Damrosch - "Eternity's Sunrise" carefully explores the life and times of William Blake, a man of notable talent and profound insight.

This biography also includes 40 colour reproductions of William's work, plus 56 b&w illustrations.

*Note* - In 1827 - William Blake (69 at the time) died of heart failure.


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