William Blake: Imagination and Spiritual Freedom

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Date(s) - 20th October, 2020
19:00 - 20:30


An online event. Full details here.

In the recent TV series, The Romantics And Us, William Blake was presented by Simon Schama as a passionate revolutionary, whose word and images are as dangerous as potentially liberating. This is a familiar take on Blake’s genius, and something of a caricature because he has something far more substantial and lasting to say.

In this introductory talk, Mark Vernon will explore Blake as an important thinker, as well as brilliant creative, whose time might well be now. He argued that the imagination is the key human faculty for knowing what he called fourfold vision, which offers a path to life in all its fullness. But he knew it needed cultivating, training, discerning.

Blake’s poetry and images can become part of such a training, as Mark Vernon will explore during this evening. He will also describe the schema of Ulro, Generation, Beulah and Eden-Eternity, which can become a guide to help understand our own states of mind, as well as offering a path to spiritual freedom.

Full details here.