Patti Smith's personal selection of poems by the visionary Romantic poet and artist, with a moving introduction in which she calls him "the spiritual ancestor" of generations of poets and invites us to "walk with him." VINTAGE CLASSICS.
William Blake is one of England’s most fascinating writers; he was not only a groundbreaking poet, but also a painter, engraver, radical, and mystic. Although Blake was dismissed as an eccentric by his contemporaries, his powerful and richly symbolic poetry has been a fertile source of inspiration to the many writers and artists who have followed in his footsteps. In this collection Patti Smith brings together her personal favorites of Blake’s poems, including the complete Songs of Innocence
and Songs of Experience
, to give a singular picture of this unique genius, whom she calls in her moving introduction “the spiritual ancestor” of generations of poets.