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Romanticism and the Self-Conscious Poem$
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Michael O'Neill

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198122852

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122852.001.0001

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‘And I Stain’d the Water Clear’: Blake

‘And I Stain’d the Water Clear’: Blake

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(p.3) 1 ‘And I Stain’d the Water Clear’: Blake
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Romanticism and the Self-Conscious Poem
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Michael O'Neill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122852.003.0001

This chapter looks at Blake's complicated attitude to and use of writing, and emphasizes how the poems deploy their awareness of themselves as poems to thrust upon the reader awareness of his or her role as a reader, called upon to probe poetic tonalities and structures. It explores how these demands on poetry and the reader are negotiated by a cannily self-aware body of work that includes Songs of Innocence and of Experience and later lyrics, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Europe, The Book of Urizen, Milton, and Jerusalem.

Keywords:   Blake, writing, reader

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