Category Archives: William Blake

Immersing Oneself Is To Be Desired

    If you trap the moment before it’s ripe, The tears of repentance you’ll certainly wipe; But if once you let the ripe moment go You can never wipe off the tears of woe.   — William Blake, “If … Continue reading

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my Blake books

    The attached Word document (below) contains an inventory of books by and about the romantic poet and artist William Blake in my personal home library.     — Roger W. Smith    July 2017      

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Benjamin Britten, “Elegy”

          (scroll down for music)     The Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31, is a song cycle written in 1943 by English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) for tenor accompanied by a solo horn … Continue reading

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The Echoing Green

    Central Park, April 10, 2017 photo by Roger W. Smith       The sun does arise, And make happy the skies. The merry bells ring To welcome the Spring. The sky-lark and thrush, The birds of the … Continue reading

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William Blake, “Eternity”

  Eternity He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy He who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sunrise   — “Eternity” (1777) by William Blake (1757 – 1827), from the poet’s notebook … Continue reading

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William Blake, “A Poison Tree”

            William Blake, “A Poison Tree” from Blake’s Songs of Experience

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Anger Management 101

    I have had occasion to be thinking a lot in the past week about anger. Having been under considerable stress for various reasons, I have lost my temper on several occasions. I found myself doing this over trivial … Continue reading

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