Books: New Readings of the Season

In praise of nature and art


Poet, demon, prophet, artist—all the labels apply, but none will adhere to William Blake (1757-1827). The wild-eyed precursor of romanticism disdained organized religion and mocked rigid science. He was his own martyr, church and congregation, his own teacher, pupil and school. Blake's art and poetry only seem naive; in fact they are so dense with nuance and implication that each generation must interpret them anew. The modern reader can have no better introduction to the oeuvre than Milton Klonsky's William Blake: The Seer and His Visions...

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