William Blake in This World

William Blake in This World

William Blake in This World

William Blake in This World

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In 1757 William Blake was born in London; in 1827 he died there; where he has been since 1827 I do not know. Others do not share my ignorance. They suggest that from the shadows he is directing their pens; that they catch "some impulse . . . perhaps straight from Blake;" that an "image of the man has risen" in their minds; that his spirit was "transfused" into Walt Whitman; that "the real Blake is yet with us, his posterity, as he was with Catherine, his widow." The twilight of their suggestions falls too across his life and works. He "went astray in only a single particular--in being born on this earth;" he was "thrown by chance . . . out of the world of eternity into that of time and space, to appear there for an instant and then return to his true dwelling;" therefore "the time and place of his coming . . .

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