For all you Blakians, an essay on William Blake from Katherine Oostman at Medium:
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William Blake was born in 1757, smack dab in the thick of the Industrial Revolution, and he was not happy about it. While the picture to the left implies a sense even-temparment stereotyped to the 18th century gentleman, with his mind, Blake was storming the streets of London, leading a war against apathy.
You might say he was a bit of a hippie.
The idea that the world’s metaphor had become a machine instead of a plant worried him. As a poet, an artist, his first duty was to the purity of society’s mind and soul, and London was thick with literal and metaphorical smog.
Ironically, Romantics such as Blake were not off in their fears; we see them manifested in today’s cultural makeup.
In his work, Blake blatantly addresses the chronic apathy weighing down London’s society.