Shelley in his time gave enough of perplexity and offence; but even he, mysterious and rebellious as he seemed to most men, was less made up of mist and fire than Blake. The fourth stanza alludes to the loss of childhood through the disappearance of the child of the poem and implies that the elemental properties of Innocence remain after the departure of the physical state of childhood.
But even from his worst things here, not reprinted in the present edition, one may gather such lines as these: Blake then turned to copperplate etching and perfected the technique that would allow him to produce both illustration and verse on a single page, as he did for the Songs.
Some scholars, though, reject the notion that Blake was a Romantic poet at all, and instead situate his work within the tradition of an earlier literary period.
The labour and strife of soul in which he lived was a thing as earnest as any bodily warfare. Even upon earth his vision was "twofold always;" singleness of vision he scorned and feared as the sign of mechanical intellect, of talent that walks while the soul sleeps, with the mere activity of a blind somnambulism.
Those with whom he had nothing in common but a clear kind nature and sense of what was sympathetic in men and acceptable in things—those men whose work lay quite apart from his—speak of him still with as ready affection and as full remembrance of his sweet or great qualities as those nearest and likest him.
They were probably no busier than other years of his life; but by a happy accident we hear more concerning the sort of labour done. Allegedly, Blake might have seen a tiger in London in the traveling menageries. Lily, Cloud, Clay, and Worm, symbols of innocence and experience, try to allay her fears.
One can see, by the roughest draught or slightest glimpse of his face, the look and manner it must have put on towards children. How far such passive capacity of excitement differs from insanity; how in effect a temperament so sensuous, so receptive, and so passionate, is further off from any risk of turning unsound than hardier natures carrying heavier weight and tougher in the nerves; need scarcely be indicated.
As early as the fourth letter, dated almost exactly a year later than the first written on his arrival at Felpham, Blake refers in a tone of regret and perplexity to the "abstract folly" which makes him incapable of direct practical work, though not of earnest and continuous labour.
The "Autumn," too, should hardly have been rejected: This was originally a satirical sketch of "amateurs and connoisseurs," emblematic merely of their way of studying art, analyzing all great things done with ready rule and line, and scaling with ladders of logic the heaven of invention; here it reappears enlarged and exalted into a general type of blind belief and presumptuous reason, indicative also of the helpless hunger after spiritual things ingrained in those made subject to things material; the effusion and eluctation of spirits sitting in prison towards the truth which should make them free.
And even for the exercise of these special talents he is perhaps not to be blamed; the man did but work with such qualities as he had; did but put out to use his natural gifts and capacities. To him all symbolic things were literal, all literal things symbolic.
If he acted strangely, he had great things to do.
Butts, his one purchaser on the scale of a guinea per picture"approves of my designs as little as he does of my poems. Upon Blake, of all men, one may conjecture that these influences of spirit and sense would act with exquisite force.
The pipe is replaced by human song and the child weeps with joy. She finds morality, which represses sexual energy, unbearable. This it would be difficult enough to explain, dishonest to overlook, easy to ridicule, and unprofitable to rebuke.
There are many reasons which should make me glad to inscribe your name upon the forefront of this book. This monstrous nomenclature, this jargon of miscreated things in chaos, rose as by nature to his lips, flowed from them as by instinct.
The pre-existent spirit here well-nigh disappears under stifling folds of vegetable leaf and animal incrustation of overgrowing husk.This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it.
Jan 06, · There are many reasons which should make me glad to inscribe your name upon the forefront of this book. To you, among other debts, I owe this one—that it is not even more inadequate to the matter undertaken; and to you I need not say that it is. Free Essay: Analysis of William Blake's Poem London London by William Blake is a poem characterised by its dark and overbearing tone.
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