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William Blake

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What is now proved was once only imagined.

— William Blake

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For all eternity, I forgive you and you forgive me.

— William Blake


Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.

— William Blake

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A man can't soar too high, when he flies with his own wings.

— William Blake


Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.

— William Blake

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I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity.

— William Blake

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My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt.

— William Blake

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Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius.

— William Blake

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Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

— William Blake

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Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

— William Blake

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About William Blake

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Largely unrecognised during his lifetime Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. A more recent (and very short) study William Blake: Visionary Anarchist by Peter Marshall (1988) classified Blake and his contemporary William Godwin as forerunners of modern anarchism. In Visions Blake writes:

In the 19th century poet and free love advocate Algernon Charles Swinburne wrote a book on Blake drawing attention to the above motifs in which Blake praises "sacred natural love" that is not bound by another's possessive jealousy the latter characterised by Blake as a "creeping skeleton".

His paintings and poetry have been characterised as part of the Romantic movement and "Pre-Romantic" for its large appearance in the 18th century. Reverent of the Bible but hostile to the Church of England – indeed to all forms of organised religion – Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American revolutions as well as by such thinkers as Jakob Böhme and Emanuel Swedenborg. Despite these known influences the singularity of Blake's work makes him difficult to classify.

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