To: "The most beautiful forms have something about them like weakness — minuteness, or imperfection."
Blake: Minuteness is their whole beauty.
To: "But not every eye can perceive these blemishes. It must be an eye long used to the contemplation and comparison of these forms."
Blake: Knowledge of ideal beauty is not to be acquired. It is born with us. Innate ideas are in every man, born with him; they are truly Himself. The man who says that we have no innate ideas must be a fool and a knave, having no conscience, or innate science.
To: "... from reiterated experience an artist becomes possessed of the idea of a central form."
Blake: One central form composed of all other forms being granted, it does not, therefore, follow that all other forms are deformity. All forms are perfect in the poet's mind, but they are not abstracted or compounded from nature, but are from imagination.
To: "The great Bacon treats with ridicule the idea of confining proportion to rules ... Says he: '... The painter must do it by a kind of felicity and not by rule.'"
Blake: The great Bacon he is called — I call him the little Bacon — says that everything must be done by experiment. His first principle is unbelief, and yet he says that art must be produced without such method. This is like Mr. Locke, full of self-contradiction and knavery.
What is general nature? Is there such a thing? What is general
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