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Re: mystic?

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  • JP Vanderbilt
    ... A lady once asked Blake if his visions were things that he actually saw before his eyes, but Blake pointed to his head, implying that it was only mental
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 16, 2001
      --- In aubrey-blake@y..., lininnv@a... wrote:
      > Do you agree with the title of this discussion group? Was, in your
      > esteemed opinion, Blake a mystic, an esoteric philosopher? If you
      > disagree with this title of 'mystic' and reject supernaturalism as a
      > description for Blake's work, what word would you choose?

      A lady once asked Blake if his visions were things that he actually
      saw before his eyes, but Blake pointed to his head, implying that it
      was only mental images. Blake's creativity was not only very
      advanced, but very serious to him. And it's the great depth and
      great seriousness of his work that gives the false impression that he
      was a mystic, seer, or even, a madman.

      Was he an esoteric philosopher? Absolutely. With the depth of
      Blake's ideas, and the complexity of his world views (and other world
      views), his poetry is completely interwoven with strong philosophical
      pronouncements. Work such as his would practically be impossible to
      create without being a quasi-philosopher.

      -JP
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