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We will explore Blake’s works from “Marriage of Heaven and Hell”, “Auguries of Innocence”, “All Religions are One” and then concentrate three classes on “Songs of Innocence & Experience” as well as illustrations to these “Songs.”
GROUP LEADER: Eugene McCarthy is a Professor Emeritus in the English Department at Holy Cross College. He taught Blake’s poetry for many years, often in conjunction with the poetry of John Milton, one of Blake’s heroes. Blake has been ignored and slighted, while also admired, but students have always found him fascinating and rewarding.
REQUIRED BOOK: Blakes’s Poetry and Designs, eds. Mary L. Johnson and John E. Grant, Norton Critical Ed (paper) ISBN# 0-393-09083-3; other editions may also suit.
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