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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Spotlight: The Complete Works of William Blake

 Happy Hallowe'en!

Spotlight was going to be taking a look at the LAS' Palette Project this month (following on from September's Spotlight), but I'm afraid I've not quite had time to finish the article for it, so that's going to be put back until next month. In the the meantime, however, October's edition is going to shine a light on the complete works of William Blake.

You can find the link HERE

Taken from the site, Blake is described: "once considered mad for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is highly regarded today for his expressiveness and creativity, as well as the philosophical and mystical undercurrents that reside within 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 Jacob Boehme and 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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