Heraclitean Fire — Did he who made the lamb make thee?

Heraclitean Fire — Did he who made the lamb make thee?

Harry blogs about Blake’s 250th birthday.

Here’s what he says:

I always think of Blake as one of a triumvirate of great London writers, along with Dickens and Pepys. There are plenty of other poets with impeccable London connections: Chaucer, Donne, Pope, Keats and Browning, just to pick some of the obvious ones. Hell, you could throw in Shakespeare at a pinch.

And you could hardly claim Blake as a typical Londoner. I mean, the revolutionary politics was common enough at the time; as a matter of fact, in his day job as an engraver/printer, Blake did one of the illustrations for a book by another C18th poet and radical I wrote about recently, Erasmus Darwin. And London has had its fair share of esoteric and peculiar religions, so that’s not too unusual. But Blake saw visions; as a child in Soho, he saw his first angel outside an upper-storey window.

It’s worth a look.

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