1848 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Blake

Anna Brownell Jameson, in Sacred and Legendary Art (1848) 1:85.



The most original, and in truth the only new and original, version of the Scripture idea of Angels which I have met with, is that of William Blake, a poet-painter, somewhat mad, as we are told, if indeed his madness were not rather "the telescope of truth," a sort of poetical clairvoyance, bringing the unearthly nearer to him than to others.