Poetical Sketches by William Blake
With an Essay on Blake's Metric by Jack Lindsay
First edition, hardback, bound in quarter cloth with patterned paper covered boards. Gilt titling to spine. 26 × 19cm, xxiv + 86pp.
From the preface, "In 1926 Mr. Noel Douglas brought out a replica of the original issue of the Poetical Sketches, while these poems are admirably edited by Dr. Keynes in his monumental Blake. But the Sketches have been comparatively neglected as a separate publlication, and I should like to do something towards restoring the balance. While it is hoped that the Introduction will not be wholly useless, I feel that this is an excellent opportunity to stress a hitherto insufficiently treated aspect of Blake's verse by asking Mr. Jack Lindsay to write an essay on the metric of William Blake. Blake's rhythmic effects have undoubtedly influenced English poetry since 1850 to a very considerable extent. Readers will perhaps find pleasure in detecting Blake's influence on Mr. Lindsay's prose."
A nice edition but a reading copy only as the boards are heavily scuffed to the edges and the spine is faded. The pages have a little isolated foxing but the book remains perfectly readable.
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