Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake

Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake

Northrop Frye Nicholas Halmi / Sep 22, 2019

Fearful Symmetry A Study of William Blake Published in Fearful Symmetry was Northrop Frye s first book and the product of over a decade of intense labour Drawing readers into the imaginative world of William Blake Frye succeeded in mak

  • Title: Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake
  • Author: Northrop Frye Nicholas Halmi
  • ISBN: 9780802089830
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Published in 1947, Fearful Symmetry was Northrop Frye s first book and the product of over a decade of intense labour Drawing readers into the imaginative world of William Blake, Frye succeeded in making Blake s voice and vision intelligible to the wider public Distinguished by its range of reference, elegance of expression, comprehensiveness of coverage, coherence of arPublished in 1947, Fearful Symmetry was Northrop Frye s first book and the product of over a decade of intense labour Drawing readers into the imaginative world of William Blake, Frye succeeded in making Blake s voice and vision intelligible to the wider public Distinguished by its range of reference, elegance of expression, comprehensiveness of coverage, coherence of argument, and sympathy to its subject, Fearful Symmetry was immediately recognized as a landmark of Blake criticism Fifty years later, it is still recognized as having ensured the acceptance of Blake as a canonical poet by permanently dispelling the widespread notion that he was the mad creator of an incomprehensible private symbolism.For this new edition, the text has been revised and corrected in accordance with the principles of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye series Frye s original annotation has been supplemented with references to currently standard editions of Blake and others, and many new notes have been provided, identifying quotations, allusions, and cultural references An introduction by Ian Singer provides biographical and critical context for the book, an overview of its contents, and an account of its reception.

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        Born in Quebec but raised in New Brunswick, Frye studied at the University of Toronto and Victoria University He was ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada and studied at Oxford before returning to UofT.His first book, Fearful Symmetry, was published in 1947 to international acclaim Until then, the prophetic poetry of William Blake had long been poorly understood, considered by some to be delusional ramblings Frye found in it a system of metaphor derived from Paradise Lost and the Bible His study of Blake s poetry was a major contribution Moreover, Frye outlined an innovative manner of studying literature that was to deeply influence the study of literature in general He was a major influence on, among others, Harold Bloom and Margaret Atwood.In 1974 1975 Frye was the Norton professor at Harvard University.Frye married Helen Kemp, an educator, editor and artist, in 1937 She died in Australia while accompanying Frye on a lecture tour Two years after her death in 1986 he married Elizabeth Brown He died in 1991 and was interred in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, Ontario The Northrop Frye Centre at Victoria College at the University of Toronto was named in his honour.See also enpedia wiki Northrop


    341 Comments

    1. Well this book is alternately fascinating and frustrating, a long, discursive summary of "Blake's thought" as Frye sees it. Because of how labrynthine and involuted Blake's writing was - especially in the prophetic books - there are necessarily quite a few 25-30 page sections of pure summary, things like "Urothria is the son of Spooptapulus, wife of Borg, which means that the artistic imagination reigns supreme in the third dyad, blah blah blah." I just made those names up, but I'm going to gues [...]


    2. Fearful Symmetry is one of the most important works of 20th century English criticism and deserves the widest audience possible. Being the key work of Northrop Frye it must be read by anyone truly committed to understanding him. While Frye has written many other outstanding books, none contain such a complete and cogently argued statement of Frye's ideas. Fearful Symmetry accomplishes two important things: (a) it explains why the Bible is the "Great Code" of English literature and (b): it explai [...]


    3. One of the two seminal works on Blake in the twentieth century, the second being Erdman's Prophet Against Empire. Frye's study of Blake led to his Anatomy of Criticism, a defining work within literary criticism in English. Frye's work is a study of Blake's symbols, approaching Blake's work as myth (as opposed to Erdman's, who reads Blake's work historically). It's still an excellent work for someone first venturing in to Blake's labyrinthine prophet works.


    4. This is a profound work of criticism, the subject being the life work of William Blake. It's very unusual in its poetic and visionary content. This is a very far out book, which altered my conceptions of Blake, as well as the Bible, and world history.


    5. "Cosmology is a literary art, but there are two kinds of cosmology, the kind designed to understand the world as it is, and the kind designed to transform it into the form of human desire. Platonists and occultists deal with the former kind Cosmology of this type is speculative, which() is ultimately intellectual narcism, staring into nature as the mirror of our ordinary selves. What the mirror shows us is what Blake calls “mathematic form,” the automatic and mindless universe that has no be [...]


    6. Northrop Frye is one of those amazing literary critics no one's ever heard of. I first discovered him when handed a collection of lectures he gave on canadian radio. This is a very astute reading of Blake.


    7. Frye offers up a compelling interpretation of the entire corpus of Blake's work. If you love Blake, you will love Fearful Symmetry.


    8. An excellent book about Blake's theories and concerns. If your thinking about trying to make sense of his intense poetic visions, this is a good place to start.


    9. As I said about in my review of William Blake's works, there is an audience for this but it's not me. If you are interested in literary criticism, 18th century philosophy, and the unusual cosmology/mythology of Blake, this is the ideal book for you. If not, then you may want to dip into this book as you read works by Blake. That's what I'm doing and Frye provides as lucid an introduction as is possible for Blake.


    10. "There is only one false religion as there is only one true one; and it has two infallible marks. First, it postulates some kind of God who is unknown and mysterious because he is not inside us but somewhere else: where, only God knows. Second, it preaches submission, acceptance and unquestioning obedience. The sting is in the tail. Religion of this kind being invented only to buttress the status quo, it is always 'State Religion, which is the source of all Cruelty.'."In the unfallen world objec [...]



    11. Don't let anyone tell you that you'll never read one of the books that has sat for decades on your shelves unread. I'm now reading Northrop Frye's Fearful Symmetry, a study of William Blake's poerty, the very same copy that I bought about 40 years ago, and have been lugging about for just as long in the clear and unremitting anticipation that one day I would actually read it. And so I am. I'll report later whether it was worth the wait.


    12. I used this book in college to write my senior thesis about Blake's portrayal of women in the Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Songs of Innocence and Experience, and The Visions of the Daughters of Albion. Honestly, my paper was pretty god awful, I think. I wish someone would have told me that. Instead, I got an A I believe. Anywho, that's my story. (P.S. Blake was kind of crappy toward women, like just about every one of his contemporaries.)


    13. This is quite a book, and one that you wade through the first time, and go back to a second. Frye's first major work of criticism, it rescued the poetry of William Blake from allegations of obscurity. As someone who reads, writes and enjoys paranormal literature, I was fascinated by Blake's idea that all languages and religions have their roots in a primordial myth. Rich stuff to play around with!


    14. I'm always returning to this book in conjunction with reading William Blake. I'd love to contact my old college prof and ask if he would please send me a copy of his notes on the class he taught on Blake and Whitman.







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