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Nancy Carroll, Colby College

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Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)


Colby College. Philosophy Dept.


Comparetti, Alice Pattee, 1907-


William Blake the poet, painter and engraver of the late 18th and early 19th century England, had from the very outset of his career a prophet's message for all humanity. Hie unusual visionary capabilities, combined with a genius for expressing his mystical experience of life and art through the pervasive power of symbolism, places Blake in possibly a unique position ameng the figures of English literature. His philosophy of life and Eternity was based on the transcendent powers of the human imagination, and his life's work was an effort to free man from the moral and physical bonds which prevent the use of the innate and human faculty for vision , Always with optimism, the poet Blake leoked toward a time when life in the mundane social world would foster imaginative vision--a time when the conflicts hetween the phyaical and spiritual would cease to exist, and humanity ceuld again rise to unfallen union in the eternal Man.


Blake, William, 1757-1827

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