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ABODES OF DESPAIR

Physically, perhaps emotionally, Matthew Lewis somehow never quite grew up. Small and neat, with pallid, projecting eyes that reminded Sir Walter Scott of those of an insect, he always retained his fragile, boyish air. He was, moreover, so affectionate and … Continue reading

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IN THE VAPOUR OF THE HEAVENLY HOST

T.S. Eliot said that William Blake’s work had the “unpleasantness” of great poetry because it was the product of a kind of terrifying honesty. Blake  ( 1757-1827 ) had never been spoilt by a formal, academic education, Eliot argued, and … Continue reading

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UNPLEASANTLY SANE & MYSTICALLY MAD

“William Blake is an unfortunate lunatic, whose personal inoffensiveness secures him from confinement….the proor man fancies himself a great master, and has painted a few wretched pictures, some of which are intelligible allegory, others an attempt at sober character by … Continue reading

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