Thursday, November 4, 2010

William Blake's London

"If he were to recast 'London,' probably his best-known poem, for the uses of the present, he might be inclined to retitle it "New York" or "Washington" and update some of the diction," writes Mark Edmundson — William Blake's America, 2010. "Other than that, I'm not sure that he would have to change all that much. Grandly, shockingly, the poem reveals us to ourselves."

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Blogger Bernard Brandt said...

There are some poems, and some songs, which for me will always be associated with the voices in which I first heard them.

For me, Blake's poem, "London", will always be associated with Joan Baez reciting it, with a musical background by Peter Schickele, before he went on to become PDQ Bach.

And it is a bleak, a bitter, and a perennial poem. Thank you for reminding me of it.

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

This was the first I heard it. The version you mention sounds like something to seek out. I couldn't find it on Youtube, but did find this which concludes with my favorite John Donne poem:

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