Thursday, January 24, 2013

Damn the Money!

(Blake's Ancient of Days)
Sorry I haven't posted any new poetry in a few weeks. Work-weary. This story about William Blake is appropriate:

"Blake never lost his link with the common people, or the men who work with their hands; and however high the flights of his imagination, he remained, all his life, a humble engraver working for his bread, with the skill of his hands. It is recorded that, when no money remained to pay their simple household expenses, Mrs. Blake used to set an empty plate before her husband at dinner-time and that he would then turn (with the remark ‘Damn the money!’) from his prophecies and visions of other worlds, and take up his graver to work on some humble task."
                          --from an essay by Kathleen Raine

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