By Northrop Frye

Released in 1947, Fearful Symmetry used to be Northrop Frye's first booklet and the made from over a decade of excessive labour. Drawing readers into the inventive global of William Blake, Frye succeeded in making Blake's voice and imaginative and prescient intelligible to the broader public. unusual by means of its variety of reference, attractiveness of expression, comprehensiveness of assurance, coherence of argument, and sympathy to its topic, Fearful Symmetry was once instantly well-known as a landmark of Blake feedback. Fifty years later, it's nonetheless well-known as having ensured the attractiveness of Blake as a canonical poet by way of completely dispelling the common idea that he was once the mad writer of an incomprehensible deepest symbolism.

For this new version, the textual content has been revised and corrected in keeping with the rules of the accumulated Works of Northrop Frye sequence. Frye's unique annotation has been supplemented with references to presently ordinary versions of Blake and others, and lots of new notes were supplied, selecting quotations, allusions, and cultural references. An creation through Ian Singer offers biographical and significant context for the publication, an outline of its contents, and an account of its reception.

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