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William Blake’s SONGS OF INNOCENCE Illustrated and Set to Music by Ellen Raskin

Posted on: September 9, 2011

(set slip cover)

I recently wrote a post about the Singable Picture Books of Illustrator, Graphic Artist, Poet, Writer, Composer Ellen Raskin.  The quality, volume, and variety of her work is incredible.  She is unique. I was originally attracted to her wonderful graphic illustrations but then found so much more to love and admire!

My post about Ellen Raskin included her volume of poems by William Blake.  Many artists and composers have illustrated his poems and set his poetry to music, so her illustrations made an exciting Singable Picture Book find.  But a little extra digging around revealed her own compositions for the poems, that these musical compositions were also illustrated in a book, and that both the volume of illustrated poems and volume of illustrated printed music were put together in a slip cased two book set!!

(poems illustrated)
(music illustrated)
Songs of Innocence
Poems by William Blake
Music by Ellen Raskin
Illustrated by Ellen Raskin
(Other composers have set these poems to music also)

This two book set in slip cover is a fabulous find!

William Blake wrote and illustrated his poems for “Songs of Innocence and Experience,” in the late 18th century.
A wiki article about William Blake’s set of poems, here:

Maurice Sendak Illustrated the Poems, too:

William Blake
Poems by William Blake
Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
More info about this work on

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