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Book Title: Selections from the Writings of William Blake|
The author of the book: William Blake
Date of issue: August 4th 2015
ISBN 13: 9781515328377
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"ALL beauty," says Walt Whitman, comes "from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain." The note of mechanical work is that it has no individuality; the note of a work of art is that it is full of it; so, in measuring its beauty, we are measuring some beauty of temperament in the individuality that is behind it; and it is by understanding this temperament alone that we gain understanding of beauty, or appreciate the working of that fictional element which must separate things of art from things of history. Therefore, when we come to the study of a man's work, who has done things which seem to us beautiful, we must be sure that we understand the temperament which was the cause of his art. Especially must we do so when, as in the case of William Blake, there is so much in the beauty of his art that is strange and difficult to comprehend, something, too, less easy to name beauty, which seems to obscure instead of reveal the value of his personality.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake's work is today considered seminal and significant in the history of both poetry and the visual arts.
Blake's prophetic poetry has been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the language". His visual artistry has led one modern critic to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced." Although he only once travelled any further than a day's walk outside London over the course of his life, his creative vision engendered a diverse and symbolically rich corpus, which embraced 'imagination' as "the body of God", or "Human existence itself".
Once considered mad for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is highly regarded today for his expressiveness and creativity, and the philosophical and mystical currents that underlie his work. His work has been characterized as part of the Romantic movement, or even "Pre-Romantic", for its largely having appeared in the 18th century. Reverent of the Bible but hostile to the established Church, Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American revolutions, as well as by such thinkers as Emanuel Swedenborg.
Despite these known influences, the originality and singularity of Blake's work make it difficult to classify. One 19th century scholar characterised Blake as a "glorious luminary", "a man not forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors."
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