- Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage Books; Auflage: New Ed (4. August 1997)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0749391766
- ISBN-13: 978-0749391768
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 3,1 x 19,8 cm
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Blake (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. August 1997
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William Blake, a London hosier's son, began having mystical visions at the age of eight and came to see his life as a revelation of eternity. While eking out a living as an engraver, he offered, quite unsuccessfully, his great series of prophetic books, Songs of Innocence and Experience. For Ackroyd, biographer of both Charles Dickens and T. S. Eliot, Blake was a visionary, who long before Freud saw warfare as a form of repressed sexuality and believed there were eternal states of rage, desire and selfhood through which a man passes, keeping his soul intact. The tragedy was that he had the capacity to become a great public and religious poet, but instead turned in upon himself, gaining neither reputation nor influence in his lifetime. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"Marvellous...deeply moving and radiant with detail... What makes Ackroyd so exceptional among biographers is the range and beauty of his knowledge.This is a book to go out and buy at once" (Observer)
"Exhilarating...has all the hypnotic power and psychological intensity of a dream-fiction" (Daily Telegraph)
"Glowing and engaged...will send many readers back to the poems enriched" (John Carey Sunday Times)
"Taut, lucid and intelligent...will surely stand as a classic of the genre" (Harpers & Queen)
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Ackroyd gives us Blake in his historical context, and “historical” is defined in its broadest terms – historical, philosophical, literary, social, and economic.
We see Blake growing up in a “Dissenting” household (people who did not belong to the Church of England). We’re walking with him on a London street when he gets caught up in the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots that led to looting and the destruction of Newgate Prison (nine years before the Bastille was stormed in Paris). We discover that London always seemed like a riot waiting to happen, and that public licentiousness at all class levels was common. We rub shoulders with the artists and poets who were his friends, and those who thought he was more than slightly mad.
This is where Ackroyd excels as a writer, allowing us to imagine what it was like to be William Blake, and how his personal life and the times in which he lived shaped and directed his art and his poetry. Here, for example, is a poem from Blake’s notebook, written in 1792 when the fear of the French Revolution had reached levels of near hysteria in London and the king had stationed Prussian mercenary troops in and around the city:
I wander thro each dirty street
Near where the dirty Thames does flow
And see in every face I meet
Marks of weakness marks of woe
In every cry of every man
In every voice of every child
In every voice in every ban
The german forged links I hear
But most the chimney sweepers cry
Blackens oer the chuches walls
And the hapless soldiers sigh
Runs in blood down palace walls
“Blake: A Biography” is a fascinating account, meticulously researched and extraordinarily well written.
I think Blake needs someone who's more sympathetic to his mystical vision to be done justice. Ackroyd explains but he doesn't sympathize, as I read him, and I think this is fatal to a full understanding of the man and the poet.
Look elsewhere for the spirit of Blake is my advice.
PS. Anyone who watched or read Hilary Man-Tel WOLF HALL would be wise to read Ackroyd's biography of Sir Thomas More.