Blake and Antiquity
Blake was a visionary like no other. To some, like William Wordsworth, the only explanation for the remarkable spiritual world Blake witnessed and brought to life in his books was 'insane genius'. Although such a view persisted well into the twentieth century, this is the pivotal work which challenged that perspective and changed forever our understanding of William Blake'...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 13th 2002 by Routledge
(first published July 1st 1977)
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Nov 30, 2008 James rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: Blake scholars.
Raine's work examines Blake's literary and artistic output for gnostic/occult influences and, of course, finds them everywhere. Perhaps does not sufficiently distinguish between necessary reliance on a source and similarities between sources with shared influences. Excellent for ideas about Blake's source material, however, especially for his images, even if I don't agree with many of her conclusions or specific readings of Blake.