Saturday, 24 April 2004

From Blake's annotations to Reynold's Discourses

To: "When the Artist is once enabled to express himself ... he must collect subjects for expression amass a stock of ideas ... learn all that has been known and done before ... perfections which lie scattered amongst various masters united in one general idea ... to enlarge his imagination."

Blake: After having been a Fool, a Student is to amass a Stock of Ideas, and, knowing himself to be a Fool, he is to assume the Right to put other Men's Ideas into his Foolery.

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