William Blake in 42 Images. A new course at The Idler.

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William Blake was a genius poet and an astonishing visionary. But he was also a brilliant thinker with a developed analysis of what was going wrong in society.

Blake’s analysis is profoundly relevant to our own times coupled as it is to a sharp vision of what we lack, and what we can find in life.

In this course Mark Vernon explores William Blake’s life, which included profound disappointments as well as, ultimately, firm hope. Mark addresses the elements of Blake’s work for which he is famous, from cleansing the doors of perception and his social commentary to his erotic freedom and religious passion.

And he shows why William Blake matters to us today and how we might follow his lead, thereby regaining an awareness of the richness of human possibility in our imaginative, shared and individual lives.

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