By Kathleen Raine

ISBN-10: 0500201072

ISBN-13: 9780500201077

It is a vintage learn of William Blake, a guy for whom the humanities weren't an lead to themselves, yet expressed his imaginative and prescient of the religious drama of the English nationwide being. This quantity provides a complete view of Blake's creative achievements and a compelling and relocating portrait of the existence and regarded a unprecedented genius.

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Word of It is the Hebrew which prophets, as Blake himself the 'Poetic Genius', Blake declared, that spoke through the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, of whom all the 'gods' of the Gentiles are tributaries; 'it was this that our great poet, King David, desired so fervently & invokes so pathetie'ly, saying by this he conquers enemies & governs kingdoms'. And here Blake's 'Jesus, the Imagination' appears for the first time in opposition to Milton's 'Messiah, or Reason': 'in the Book of Job, Milton's Messiah is call'd Satan'.

27 Songs of Innocence, 1789 Title-page t erV/SUU ' j 28 Songs of Innocence, 1789 Frontispiece Blake's watercolour illumination, carried out owed something to 'He ground and mixed piece of statuary marble, after Gilchrist, a common by hand, also supernatural inspiration. According to watercolours himself on method of his own, with his a which he had found out, as the early Italians had before him, to be a good binder. ' Ruthven Todd thinks that 'carpenter's glue' would have been too coarse and that some more refined substance was used.

When in France the reality proved to be otherwise, Blake changed his mind about the value of political solutions. 'I am really sorry to see my Countrymen trouble themselves about Politics,' he wrote in about 1809, having seen twenty years of 'glorious revolution' and its ensuing wars. ' Politics seemed to him 'to be something Else besides Human Life'. He at all times hated war, believing that the arts could only flourish in peaceful translation of Plotinus' 'descent' j 2-4 ; 52 the* 31 a The Book ofThel, 1789.

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