Finding a Voice for Experience

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


Any optimism that Blake might have imbibed from the effervescence of thinking and writing by himself and others that was prompted by news of the French Revolution was shortly to be dealt a devastating blow. His enthusiasm is said to have come to an abrupt end at the time of the September massacres in 1792, when he tore off his revolutionary cock¬ade and never wore it again.


French Revolution Chimney Sweep Plain Dealing Current Political Situation False Reasoning 
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  1. 8.
    For the rise of this motif in Romantic and later literature, see Geoffrey Grigson’s article ‘The Upas Tree’, in his The Harp of Aeolus and other Essays (1947) pp. 56–65.Google Scholar
  2. 10.
    See the citation of Enid Porter’s collection in her Vision and Disenchant-ment … (Cambridge, 1983) p. 99 and note.Google Scholar
  3. 11.
    The Poetical Works of Gray and Collins, ed. Austin Lane Poole (1917) p. 21.Google Scholar
  4. 16.
    See V, de Sola Pinto’s essay in his collection The Divine Vision (1957) pp. 79–81.Google Scholar
  5. 22.
    See Larrissy, Blake (1985) ch. 4, pp. 70–95. Anne Mellor has also discussed the paradox involved, in Blake’s Human Form Divine (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1974) pp. xv–xvii, etc.Google Scholar

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