|Author||: Northrop Frye|
|Publisher||: Princeton University Press|
|Release Date||: 2013-04-04|
|Pages||: 488 pages|
|Rating||: 4.4/5 (8 download)|
Download or read book Fearful Symmetry written by Northrop Frye and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2013-04-04 with total page 488 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.