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William Blake

Date de naissance: 28. novembre 1757
Date de décès: 12. août 1827
Autres noms: 威廉布萊克

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William Blake, né le 28 novembre 1757 à Londres où il est mort le 12 août 1827, est un artiste peintre, graveur et poète pré-romantique britannique.

Bien que considéré comme peintre — il a peint quelques tableaux à l'huile, préférant l'aquarelle et le dessin, voire la gravure et la lithographie —, il s'est surtout consacré à la poésie. Il est l'auteur d'une œuvre inspirée de visions bibliques à caractère prophétique. Son style halluciné est moderne et le distingue de ses pairs, bien que ses thèmes soient classiques.

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Citations William Blake

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„If a thing loves, it is infinite.“

— William Blake
Annotations to Swedenborg (1788)

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„I look through it, and not with it.“

— William Blake
Context: I assert, for myself, that I do not behold the outward creation, and that to me it is hindrance and not action. "What!" it will be questioned, "when the sun rises, do you not see a round disc of fire somewhat like a guinea!" Oh! no, no! I see an innumerable company of the heavenly host crying "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty!" I question not my corporeal eye any more than I would question a window concerning a sight. I look through it, and not with it. A Vision of the Last Judgment

„Thy heaven doors are my hell gates.“

— William Blake
Context: The vision of Christ that thou dost see Is my vision's greatest enemy. Thine has a great hook nose like thine; Mine has a snub nose like to mine. Thine is the Friend of all Mankind; Mine speaks in parables to the blind. Thine loves the same world that mine hates; Thy heaven doors are my hell gates.

„If He had been Antichrist, Creeping Jesus,
He’d have done anything to please us“

— William Blake
Context: If He had been Antichrist, Creeping Jesus, He’d have done anything to please us; Gone sneaking into synagogues, And not us’d the Elders and Priests like dogs; But humble as a lamb or ass Obey’d Himself to Caiaphas.

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„The vision of Christ that thou dost see
Is my vision's greatest enemy.“

— William Blake
Context: The vision of Christ that thou dost see Is my vision's greatest enemy. Thine has a great hook nose like thine; Mine has a snub nose like to mine. Thine is the Friend of all Mankind; Mine speaks in parables to the blind. Thine loves the same world that mine hates; Thy heaven doors are my hell gates.

„But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself. As a man is, So he Sees. As the Eye is formed, such are its Powers.“

— William Blake
Context: To the Eyes of a Miser a Guinea is more beautiful than the Sun & and a bag worn with the use of Money has more beautiful proportions than a Vine filled with Grapes. The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the Eyes of others only a Green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all Ridicule and Deformity, and by these I shall not regulate my proportions; and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself. As a man is, So he Sees. As the Eye is formed, such are its Powers..

„Can Wisdom be put in a silver rod?
Or Love in a golden bowl?“

— William Blake
Context: Does the Eagle know what is in the pit? Or wilt thou go ask the Mole? Can Wisdom be put in a silver rod? Or Love in a golden bowl? The Book of Thel, Thel's Motto (1789–1792)

„Emerged into the light of day; I still & shall to Eternity Embrace Christianity and Adore him who is the Express image of God“

— William Blake
Context: And now let me finish with assuring you that, Tho I have been very unhappy, I am so no longer. I am again. Emerged into the light of day; I still & shall to Eternity Embrace Christianity and Adore him who is the Express image of God; but I have travel'd thro' Perils & Darkness not unlike a Champion. I have Conquer'd, and shall still Go on Conquering. Nothing can withstand the fury of my Course among the Stars of God & in the Abysses of the Accuser. My Enthusiasm is still what it was, only Enlarged and conform'd. The Letters Of William Blake https://archive.org/details/lettersofwilliam002199mbp (1956), p. 74-75

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