Notes on William Blake

William Blake stands out most to me because of his use of image with art. Poetry, and writing in general, centers largely upon imagery, especially Romantic writing and its concern with nature and various other familiar scenes. While the other writers create their imagery in words, Blake used drawings on plates. His process is interesting as he unified the two processes – creating the poetry and image together instead of separately. I think it’s interesting in relation to the ideas of symmetry and blended binaries that we talked about in class. On the surface, Blake seems concerned with symmetry – Innocence and Experience, image and word, piper and bard – but upon closer examination, Blake is more concerned with the blurring of the lines between these binaries. The two components are thought of in relation to one another, are created in relation to one another, and thus cannot be separated.

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About abbaxjane

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