THE BOOK OF URIZEN by William Blake

As always with Blake, this certainly had some striking passages. However, it was somewhat difficult to get through. I remember reading that, as time went on, Blake’s work became more obscure. The critic speculated it was due to his lack of connection with an audience. Unfortunately, I feel that may have been true, in this particular case at least. For all the obvious genius, The Book of Urizen just left me cold and, at times, confused. Certainly it is worth reading. It’s a major work by a great poet and that is absolutely clear. For most readers however, certainly those new to Blake, Songs of Experience and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell will be more appealing.  


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