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It gave him a life-long respect for fine drawing. As he put it himself in the light of his experience as an engraver: The great and golden rule of art, as well as of life, is this: that the more distinct, sharp and wiry the bounding line, the more perfect the work of art, and the less keen and sharp, the greater is the evidence of weak imita tion, plagiarism and bungling. What is it that distinguishes honesty from knavery, but the hard line of rectitude and certainty in the actions and in tentions?
Blake’s marriage, as it happens, was not blessed with children; this must have been a sore disappointment to him, since, as his Songs of Innocence so enchantingly show, he understood children wonderfully and loved them dearly. Indeed, they crop up as themes throughout his work. Catherine’s love and devotion were wonderful and beautiful. ” Everyone who, like Blake, has a passion for goodness cannot but in some degree hate morality; just as lovers of freedom hate laws, and lov ers of truth hate dogma.
It is as though you could question the vital force in each root and bud on what it can do, and what it cannot, and why. So, this scintillating mind lives on in his words. Words which take ac count of the times in which they were spoken or written and the fears and anxieties these times generated, but which brush aside empty hopes of fashioning a better world out of mere mortal hopes for one. I no longer wished for a better world, because I was thinking of the whole of creation, and in the light of this clearer discernment I have come to see that, though the higher things are better than the lower, the sum of all creation is better than the higher things alone.