One of the two seminal works on Blake in the twentieth century, the second being Erdman's Prophet Against Empire. An introduction by Ian Singer provides biographical and critical context for the book, an overview of its contents, and an account of its reception. Criticism needed to entail both structural and narrative insights and historical comparisons but it also demanded daring leaps of poetic inspiration and metaphorical transformation. With the separation of existence and perception, however, the natural object became attached to the latter and its spirit or Genius to the former, so that gradually a belief in invisible deities grew up. It's still an excellent work for someone first venturing in to Blake's labyrinthine prophet works. He then received a scholarship to do postgraduate work at Merton College, Oxford. An introduction by Ian Singer provides biographical and critical context for the book, an overview of its contents, and an account of its reception.
It does not explicate the poetry of Blake; later books by the hundreds would undertake that task. Published in 1947, Fearful Symmetry was Northrop Frye's first book and the product of over a decade of intense labour. To immerse yourself in Blake's cosmology requires grasping and reinterpreting not just the classical and Biblical references but Blake's more contemporary influences such as the mystics Emmanuel S A reference today to a guinea coin made me return to this book and I realised I have never recommended it on Goodreads, a serious omission as it is one of the most formative books I have ever read. Frye's big obsession was that when you read literature, you must read it as part of the grand scope of Literature. As someone who reads, writes and enjoys paranormal literature, I was fascinated by Blake's idea that all languages and religions have their roots in a primordial myth. In other words: all of those or , as he called them you find in, say, i.
Frye, that's who , 1957 , on everything from to to James Joyce to. The E-mail message field is required. Drawing readers into the imaginative world of William Blake, Frye succeeded in making Blake's voice and vision intelligible to the wider public. More Info 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. For this new edition, the text has been revised and corrected in accordance with the principles of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye series. Northrop Frye was the quiet critic in the corner, away from the crowd, holding tight to powerful ideas that would change the way people thought about literature.
Now, don't get too carried away. If he had never written another word, it would have been enough to make him a titan of English literary criticism. Many people in this century feel that Tolkien with the Lord of the Rings revived the English Mythopoetic tradition adding the Finish Kalevala to it. The sting is in the tail. He was ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada and studied at Oxford before returning to UofT.
First, it postulates some kind of God who is unknown and mysterious because he is not inside us but somewhere else: where, only God knows. Probably people with patience and a strong strain of intellectual masochism. Distinguished by its range of reference, elegance of expression, comprehensiveness of coverage, coherence of argument, and sympathy to its subject, Fearful Symmetry was immediately recognized as a landmark of Blake criticism. He was ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada and studied at Oxford before returning to UofT. But the healthy eye does not see more broadly and vaguely than the weak eye; it sees more clearly.
It is possible, despite Frye's indisputable intimacy with Blake's work, that there are inaccuracies involved with Frye's attempted representation of Blake's intentions and views. Instead, I got an A I believe. Frye definitely wasn't a mainstream. Platonists and occultists deal with the former kind. Two years after her death in 1986 he married Elizabeth Brown.
One might almost say that, as the Apostle Paul was to the historical Jesus, so was Northrop Frye to the literary Blake. Until then, the prophetic poetry of William Blake had long been poorly understood, considered by Born in Quebec but raised in New Brunswick, Frye studied at the University of Toronto and Victoria University. That's what I'm doing and Frye provides as lucid an introduction as is possible for Blake. If not, then you may want to dip into this book as you read works by Blake. Drawing readers into the imaginative world of William Blake, Frye succeeded in making Blake's voice and vision intelligible to the wider public.
This is quite a book, and one that you wade through the first time, and go back to a second. His study of Blake's poetry was a major contribution. The eleventh plate of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, the paragraph beginning 'The ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses,' traces this process with a clarity that might impress even a modern student of the subject. An introduction by Ian Singer provides biographical and critical context for the book, an overview of its contents, and an account of its reception. As Frye himself acknowledges, Blake's work is not to be deciphered but interpreted and seen within its specific historical and social contexts.
Blake was kind of crappy toward women, like just about every one of his contemporaries. Art is suggestive rather than explicit: it makes no attempt to persuade into general agreement or provide mediocre levels of explanation. Blake adds elements from the islandic Edda to the English mythopoetic mix. Religion of this kind being invented only to buttress the status quo, it is always 'State Religion, which is the source of all Cruelty. Frye's own prose is routinely beautiful.