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Happy Birthday Blake

By Tom Chatfield  

It’s 250 years today since the birth of the poet William Blake in Golden Square, London—in honour of which, among other things, the Guardian has published an excellent essay by Terry Eagleton on Blake’s radicalism. Blake is a visionary whose works have endured extraordinarily well, considering the esoteric nature of his mythologies: his call “to see the world in a grain of sand” is an apt description of their marriage of the particular and the universal; and, of course, the written and the seen, thanks to his prodigious gifts as an engraver and illustrator. Admirers can gorge themselves on all…

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