From the grave by robert blair
The Grave: A Poem by Robert BlairAn enjoyable read, especially since my copy has Thomas Grays Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard appended to it. It was common to see the two of these bound together. I like that the Gray came later, since Blairs poem was very dark and grim. Grays, while also profound, is a little lighter in spirit and a nice way to end an evening of reading about life and death. That could partly be due to its rhymed meter. I think I preferred the blank verse of Blairs poem when engaging such a subject.
Overall, very pleased to have encountered these poems.
The Grave (Excerpt) - Poem by Robert Blair
The Grave is a blank verse poem by the Scottish poet Robert Blair. Dodderidge, the greater part of the poem was composed before he became a minister,  Edinburgh editor and publisher John Johnstone stating that it was composed whilst he was still a student, although "probably corrected and amplified by his more matured judgement". Part of the poem's continued prominence in scholarship involves a later printing of poems by Robert Hartley Cromek which included illustrations completed by the Romantic poet and illustrator William Blake. He completed forty illustrations for the poem, twenty of which were printed in Cromek's edition. According to that same letter to Dodderidge, two publishers rejected the poem before it was finally first published in , in London by Mr. The first edition was not particularly successful, and there was no second edition of the work until , when it was republished in Edinburgh. Writing in , Richard Alfred Davenport noted that the editor of British Poets spoke of the poem with "severity" and a "contemptuous tone".
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The Grave, a poem. By Robert Blair. Illustrated by twelve etchings executed from original designs [designs by Blake].
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While some affect the sun, and some the shade. Some flee the city, some the hermitage; Their aims as various, as the roads they take In journeying thro' life;--the task be mine, To paint the gloomy horrors of the tomb; Th' appointed place of rendezvous, where all These travellers meet.
New York: Phoenix Press, Limited edition. Limited edition of copies, of which this is number 63, this copy belonging to Corliss Lamont, philosopher. Complete set of 13 etchings by Louis Schiavonetti, to illustrate Blake's poem, "The Grave", the work which first gained Blake wide recognition. The engravings in this portfolio were printed separately for the first time from the original plates. Includes the portrait of Blake after a painting by Philips. Complete with letter press text.
HOWEVER, copyright law varies in other countries, and the work may still be under copyright in the country from which you are accessing this website. It is your responsibility to check the applicable copyright laws in your country before downloading this work. By the arrangement here made, the regular progression of Man, from his first descent into the Vale of Death, to his last admission into Life eternal, is exhibited. These Designs, detached from the Work they embellish, form of themselves a most interesting Poem. The pious daughter weeping and conducting her sire onward; age, creeping carefully on hands and knees; an elder, without friend or kindred; a miser; a bachelor, blindly proceeding, no one knows where, ready to drop into the dark abyss; frantic youth rashly devoted to vice and passion, rushing past the diseased and old, who totters on crutches; the wan declining virgin; the miserable and distracted widow; the hale country youth; and the mother and her numerous progeny, already arrived in this valley, are among the groups which speak irresistibly to the feelings. The Door opening, that seems to make utter darkness visible; age, on crutches, hurried by a tempest into it.