Fragmentary Modes of Epic

  • John Beer
Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)


The fact that the advent of the new millennium had not been marked by any apocalyptic turn in human events can hardly have escaped Blake’s attention. He may well have reflected also that his scheme of account¬ing for human nature in terms of ‘Four Mighty Ones’ that ‘are in every Man’ might be over-simplistic — even, we have suggested, Urizenic — once one considered the full complexity of human nature.


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    See especially Robert W. Rix, ‘Healing the Spirit: William Blake and Magnetic Religion’, Romanticism on the Net 25 (February 2002) and M. K. Schuchard, ‘Blake’s Healing Trio: Magnetism, Medicine and Mania’, BQ XXIII, 20–32.Google Scholar

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