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" I have written this Poem from immediate Dictation, twelve or sometimes twenty or thirty lines at a time, without Premeditation & even against my Will... "
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Page 287
1865
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Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind

Richard Maurice Bucke - 1905 - 318 pages
...the secretary — the authors are in eternity." In an earlier letter (April 25th, 1803) he had said: "I have written this poem from immediate dictation,...time, without premeditation, and even against my will" [139 : 41]. Blake had a mental intuition, inspiration, or revelation — call it what we will ; it...
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The Poets and the Poetry of the Nineteenth Century, Volume 1

1905
...pretend to be any other than the secretary — the authors are in eternity." At another time he wrote, " I have written this poem from immediate dictation,...time, without premeditation and even against my will." These were the last of the prophetic books which were published, if we except "The Ghost of Abel,"...
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The Letters of William Blake: Together with a Life

William Blake, Frederick Tatham - 1906 - 237 pages
...the persons and"' machinery entirely new to the inhabitants of earth (some of the persons excepted). I have written this poem from immediate dictation,...sometimes twenty or thirty lines at a time, without 1 The Milton (dated 1804, but not given to the world until about 1808) deals especially with the acts...
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The Letters of William Blake: Together with a Life

William Blake, Frederick Tatham - 1906 - 237 pages
...the persons and machinery entirely new to the inhabitants of earth (some of the persons excepted). I have written this poem from immediate dictation,...sometimes twenty or thirty lines at a time, without 1 The Milton (dated 1804, but not given to the world until about 1 808) deals especially with the acts...
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The Real Blake: A Portrait Biography

Edwin John Ellis - 1907 - 443 pages
...September 1801, including all the myth of Palamabron. It was done, as a later letter says, " twelve, twenty, or thirty lines at a time, without premeditation,...exists which seems to be the labour of a long life." He says also that it is " similar to Homer's Iliad and Milton's Paradise Lost." This "poem" has not...
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The Real Blake: A Portrait Biography

Edwin John Ellis - 1907 - 443 pages
...September 1801, including all the myth of Palamabron. It was done, as a later letter says, " twelve, twenty, or thirty lines at a time, without premeditation,...exists which seems to be the labour of a long life." He says also that it is " similar to Homer's Eiad and Milton's Paradise Lost." This "poem" has not...
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William Blake

Arthur Symons - 1907 - 433 pages
...messengers from heaven, daily and nightly.' 'I have written this poem,' he says of the Jerusalem, ' from immediate dictation, twelve or sometimes twenty...without premeditation, and even against my will.' ' I may praise it,' he says in another letter, 'since I dare not pretend to be any other than the secretary...
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The Prophetic Books of William Blake: Milton

William Blake - 1907 - 57 pages
...from the corporeal understanding," is Blake's "definition of the most sublime poetry." The writing was "from immediate dictation, twelve or sometimes twenty...at a time, without premeditation, and even against " his " will." " Thus," he writes, " the time it has taken in writing was rendered non-existent, and...
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The Cosmic Relations and Immortality, Volume 1

Henry Holt - 1919
...Master put into her mind. So Blake said of ' Milton ' and ' Jerusalem,' ' I have written the poems from immediate dictation, twelve or sometimes twenty...non-existent, and an immense poem exists which seems to be the labor of a long life, all produced without labor or study.' " There are, of course, extreme forms of...
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The Spirit: The Relation of God and Man, Considered from the Standpoint of ...

Burnett Hillman Streeter, Andrew Seth Pringle-Pattison - 1919 - 377 pages
...he says, " since I dare not pretend to be other than the secretary; the authors are in eternity." " I have written this poem from immediate dictation,...a time without premeditation, and even against my will."2 So Bohme,3 speaking of his visions, says: " Whatever I could bring into outwardness, that I...
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