Most critical writing about Blake is extremely sophisticated, a reflection of the complexity of the ideas expressed in Blake's own work. In contrast, Daugherty's relatively straightforward narrative serves as a useful introduction to the life and philosophy of a great artist whose work many young readers might otherwise have been too intimidated to approach. Daugherty utilizes short paragraphs, a suitable level of diction, and a carefully selected vocabulary. To keep his narrative moving smoothly, he does not rely excessively on dates or on other data more appropriate for historical...
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