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My Business Is to Create: Blake's Infinite Writing

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For William Blake, living is creating, conforming is death, and “the imagination . . . is the Human Existence itself.” But why are imagination and creation—so vital for Blake—essential for becoming human? And what is imagination? What is creation? How do we create? Blake had answers for these questions, both in word and in deed, answers that serve as potent teachings for a ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by University Of Iowa Press
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Birgit
Jun 09, 2011 Birgit rated it it was amazing
While I only knew William Blake through his poetry – and I absolutely love “Auguries of Innocence” – and that brief glimpse into his work as a painter through watching “Red Dragon” where "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun" made its dramatic and edible appearance, I knew little to nothing about Blake himself. So quite obviously my curiosity was sparked when I found out about My Business is to Create: Blake's Infinite Writing.
A short yet captivating read, this book offers insight i
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Audrey Layden
Mar 09, 2012 Audrey Layden rated it it was amazing
My Business Is To Create (Blake’s Infinite Writing) by Eric G. Wilson (broadcast 10-17-2011) Based on and celebrating William Blake’s personification of creativity in action, Wilson provides an indispensable writer’s handbook that is a call to consider life itself as a creative act. A small book of just some 85 pages, not including notes, it manages to offer an exquisitely written distillation of Blake’s approach to imagining the world and the effect it has had on so many of those who followed h ...more
Carl Bettis
Aug 28, 2011 Carl Bettis rated it really liked it
The subtitle unfortunately implies that William Blake wrote far too much, but that's not Wilson's point. Nor, despite the author's scholarly credentials, is this an academic work. It's more an extended meditation on Blake's life and works.

Wilson is obviously a Blake enthusiast, and like many Blake enthusiasts he is inclined to claim too much for his hero. For instance, at one point he says that Blake "is probably the first poet in English to see form not as prior to content but as an extension o
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Rebecca Reid
Oct 22, 2011 Rebecca Reid rated it liked it
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My Business Is To Create: Blake’s Infinite Writing by Eric G. Wilson (published May 2001 by University of Iowa Press) is partly an homage to the life of William Blake, partly an exercise in literary criticism of Blake’s writing and messages, and partly a manual in how to apply Blake’s literary approach in successfully creating our own beautiful writing. I don’t consider myself either an expert on Blake or a creative writer but I enjoyed the insights into the creative process. Mr Wilson’s short e ...more
Jeff
Aug 17, 2012 Jeff rated it liked it
Eric Wilson writes as if William Blake -- in the height of his visions -- was able to sit down with his poetic descendants (Alan Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, Aldous Huxley, Annie Dillard, Jorge Luis Borjes, Ken Kesey and even fussy old C.S. Lewis) and revel in an unending, nonlinear discussion about the power of art and the nature of poetry.
Satia
It helps to be familiar with William Blake. Much of his work can be found online, facsimiles are available both online and in print, and he's canonical enough to be in almost any public library. For more:

http://satiasreviews.blogspot.com/201...
Miguel Conner
May 12, 2011 Miguel Conner rated it it was amazing
Just started reading it as Eric will be interviewed for Aeon Byte next week. Will leave my thoughts soon. Eric is not only one of the world's foremost authorities on Blake, he is probably THE authority on Blake's Gnostic leanings.
Darren
Nov 23, 2013 Darren rated it it was amazing
Excellent analysis of Blake's creative process. Really deep philosophically. Had to reread certain parts because I really wanted to understand them. Great reference book for making art or just living.
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