William Blake was an artist, author, inventor, and a Christian, or so he said. His Christianity was radical, especially for his time (1757-1827). I would add that it still is radical today. Centred in a strongly Christian society, Blake re-envisioned Christianity, creating his own views on Christian teachings, which were inspired through a number of […]
In conversation with others, sometimes, when I mention that I am researching within English literature, the question is raised as to the relevance of literature in general, or more specific to my topic, the relevance and importance of William Blake. To answer the first part – on the relevance of literature – it seems that […]
To understand William Blake’s writing is both extremely simple and entirely challenging. It all depends on which parts of his work you read. He has many types of poems. Songs of Innocence is the best entry point I would recommend. Then Songs of Experience, followed by his other shorter poems. You can read his biography […]
William Blake despised the classical culture of Ancient Greece and Rome, even while adapting its ideas (such as Plato’s Ideal Forms). He considered these cultures the antithesis of real art, bringers of war, destroyers of humanity. Neither did Blake appreciate the ancient (pre-Christian) British culture for its elite priestly class, the druids, to which were […]
I now enter into a study of William Blake’s epic poem, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion. William Blake’s Jerusalem plate 1, c. 1804-1820.