William Blake – mystic, illuminator, printer, poet. A genius who saw to the edge of the universe and the microcosm of atomic structure.
Blake’s world view was very different to that of those around him, or those who have since lived. Without schooling, he was apprenticed to an engraver and learnt skills that would fuse an extraordinary talent for poetry, painting and printing to create intricate books of transcendent beauty. These would become an inspiration to generations of poets, students and lay readers.
His exceptional, deceptively simple poetry follows the mystical traditions of Plato, Jesus, Rumi and St Francis. Within it there is a profound view of the universe, the intricacies and foibles of the human species and it’s relationship to God.
In this panel discussion, we bring together the poets Ian Duhig and John Siddique, academic Jason Whittaker and artist Michael Phillips to divine the mystic elements of Blake’s Poetry. Chaired by Ralph Dartford.