Blake's name has long been synonymous with "visionary".
"Jacob's Ladder," a marvellously symbolic work, illustrates
the spiritual dynamics within the soul, as well as the famous
Bible story. For years I've meant to get a print to keep on my wall,
and may still do it.
was also perhaps the most successful creator of "illuminated
manuscripts" in the last couple centuries. His blend of text
and paintings in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell as well as
his later "prophetic books" gives inspiration to all of
us who have ever dabbled in both arts.
can't really separate Blake the artist from Blake the poet. His words
from "Milton" have long resounded in my head as a credo
for the spiritual warrior::
me my spear of burning gold,
me my arrows of desire.
me my sword! O clouds unfold!
me my chariot of fire!
shall not shrink from mental strife,
let the sword sleep in my hand
we have builded Jerusalem
England's fair and pleasant land.
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