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Re: did Blake ever say this?
Re: Dickinsonian and Blakean Circumference
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Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 15:21:09 +0100
From: Henriette Stavis
Subject: Re: did Blake ever say this?
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I entirely agree with you and Ralph that there has been a lot of hazy
'spiritualism' and alternative science entries of late. I also agree with
you that Blake is essentially much more down to earth than many of these
New Age contributors. I think part of the problem is a question of beauty
and the eye of the beholder. If you look for something hard enough, you
will find it, regardless of whether it's there or not. Besides I think that
part of the explanation for the many parallels between Blake and the New
Age disciplines can be found in Platonism and Neoplatonism. Blake read his
Platonists, and most New Age disciplines originate from variations of
Neoplatonism. At least that's the way I see it.
At 15:46 07-11-98 -0600, you wrote:
>Blake repeatedly expresses his strong preference for "minute particulars"
>in his annotations to Reynolds's Discourses, as well as elsewhere.
>The remark in question may be "To Generalize is to be an Idiot To
>Particularize is the Alone Distinction of Merit--General Knowledges
>are those Knowledges that Idiots possess" which is Blake's
>annotation to a comment in Reynolds's address to the king. A bit
>later in the annotations to Discourse I, Blake remarks "Minute
>Discrimination is Not Accidental All Sublimity is founded on
>Among my favorite annotations is: "The difference between a bad Artist
>& a Good One is the Bad Artist Seems to Copy a Great Deal: the Good
>one Really Does Copy a Great Deal"
>It is the
>Forgetting Blake's commitment to precise thought and his conviction that
>sublimity is to be found in "particulars" is often the source of the
>attribution of the cloudy and comfortable "spiritualism" that can survive
>only in an atmosphere of smoke and mirrors.
>One way to avoid all night headaches over questions of this kind (though
>they can be amusing for the list) is to use the online Concordance--
>entering "particular" as a search word in the Concordance would turn
>up the many instances I haven't mentioned.
>The more interesting outcome of this query would be to find more
>information about Hardy's and George Eliot's thoughts on Blake.
>I suspect that is covered in Deborah Dorfman's book, but I don't
>have it handy.
Date: Wed, 02 Dec 1998 12:29:31 +1100
Subject: Re: Dickinsonian and Blakean Circumference
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Yes, there are resonances, and many of them, between Dickinson and
Blake. I'm interested in what in particular has struck you about the
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 19:31:28 -0600
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (TOM DILLINGHAM)
Subject: Blake Sighting
I know the list is supposed to be shut down, but in case this gets
through, I hope it will be of interest to the assembled folks. The
December 1998 issue of _Bible Review_ has a very fine article,
"Fallen Star: The Evolution of Lucifer" by Ronald Youngblood. It's not
about Blake's works, as such, but about the title subject and adds
fascinating materials to, for example, Elaine Pagels's _The Origin
The Blake connection--the article is illustrated with a number of
beautiful artistic representations of Lucifer/Satan, including
the stupendous Grunewald Isenheim Alterpiece. And on p. 26, we