William Blake Essay - William Blake World Literature Analysis

William Blake World Literature Analysis

Blake stated his poetic and philosophical principles early in his career and never wavered from them, although there were some changes of emphasis as his work developed. He formed his imaginative world in opposition to the prevailing materialist philosophy, which he saw embodied in three English thinkers: Francis Bacon, John Locke, and Sir Isaac Newton. Bacon was one of the founders of modern experimental science, but Blake detested this method of acquiring knowledge because it relied solely on objective criteria and encouraged the principle of doubt. In “Auguries of Innocence,” Blake points out that this is not the way that the rest of the universe functions:

He who...

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