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William Blakes Relevance to the Modern World William Blakes Relevance to the Modern World William Blake who lived in the latter half of the eighteenth century and the early part of the nineteenth was a profoundly stirring poet who was in large part responsible for bringing about the Romantic movement in poetry was able to achieve remarkable results with the simplest means and was one of several poets of the time who restored rich musicality to the language Appelbaum v His research and introspection into the human mind and soul has resulted in his being called the Columbus of the psyche and because no language existed at the time to describe what he discovered on his voyages he created his own mythology to describe what he found there Damon ix He was an accomplished poet painter and engraver Blake scholars disagree on whether or not Blake was a mystic In the Norton Anthology he is described as an acknowledged mystic who saw visions from the age of four Mack 783 Frye however who seems to be one of the most influential Blake scholars disagrees saying that Blake was a visionary rather than a mystic Mysticism means a certain kind of religious techniques difficult to reconcile with anyones poetry says Frye Frye 8 He next says that visionary is a word that Blake uses and uses constantly and cites the example of Plotinus the mystic who experienced a direct apprehension of God four times in his life and then only with great effort and relentless discipline He finally cites Blakes poem I rose up at the dawn of day in which Blake states I am in Gods presence night day And he never turns his face away Frye 9 Besides all of these achievements Blake was a social critic of his own time and considered himself a prophet of times to come Frye says that all his poetry was written
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