William Blake was ignored in his own time. Now, however, his Songs of Innocence and Experience and 'prophetic books' are widely admired and studied. The second edition of this successful introductory text: * leads the reader into the Songs and 'prophetic books' via detailed analysis of individual poems and extracts, and now features additional insightful analyses * provides useful sections on 'Methods of Analysis' and 'Suggested Work' to aid independent study * offers expanded historical and cultural context, and an extended sample of critical views that includes discussion of the work of recent critics * provides up-to-date suggestions for further reading. William Blake: The Poems is ideal for students who are encountering the work of this major English poet for the first time. Nicholas Marsh encourages you to enjoy and explore the power and beauty of Blake's poems for yourself.