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William Blake

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When nations grow old the Arts grow cold And commerce settles on every tree

— William Blake

#business #modernity #art

The apple tree never asks the beech how he shall grow, nor the lion, the horse, how he shall take his prey.

— William Blake

#pluralism #marriage

May God us keep From Single vision and Newton's sleep.

— William Blake


But when he has done this, let him not say that he knows better than his master, for he only holds a candle in sunshine.

— William Blake


Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.

— William Blake

#light #life

A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage.

— William Blake

#inspirational #inspirational

Enthusiastic admiration is the first principle of knowledge and the last

— William Blake


The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

— William Blake

#bears #harvest #plentiful #receiver #thankful

Thou art a man God is no more Thy own humanity Learn to adore

— William Blake

#spiritual #art

Man has no Body distinct from his soul; for that called Body is a portion of a Soul discerned by the five senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.

— William Blake

#soul #age

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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