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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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The Spirit: God and His Relation to Man, Considered from the Standpoint of ...

Burnett Hillman Streeter - 1920 - 381 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,...without premeditation, and even against my will." 2 So Bohme,3 speaking of his visions, says : " Whatever I could bring into outwardness, that I wrote...
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A Study for the Times: An Inquiry Into Thought and Motices

W. Duncan McKim - 1920 - 324 pages
...to be any other than the secretary — the authors are in eternity." At another time he said of it : "I have written this poem from immediate dictation,...a time, without premeditation, and even against my will."1 Many such dissociations of personality in authors have been recorded. The king and high priest...
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The Influence of Milton on English Poetry, Volume 2

Raymond Dexter Havens - 1922 - 722 pages
...unconscious reference to another passage from Paradise Lost, of similar import, in his remark to Butts, "I have written this poem from immediate dictation,...or thirty lines at a time, without premeditation." * He seems to have taken Milton's allusions to the visits of the muse more seriously and to have interpreted...
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The Review of Reviews, Volume 7

1893
...Myers nmst see to it. Blake's own testimony was clear. Speaking of his " Jerusa'em," he, says : — " I have written this poem from immediate dictation...or thirty lines at a time, without premeditation, ami even against, my will." THE ARTIST AXD HIS WOaK. His new birth as an artist was almost аз remarkable....
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Complete Writings: With Variant Readings

William Blake - 1966 - 944 pages
...Lost, the Persons & Machinery intirely new to the Inhabitants of Earth (some of the Persons Excepted). I have written this Poem from immediate Dictation,...twenty or thirty lines at a time, without Premeditation & even against my Will ; the Time it has taken in writing was thus render'd Non Existent, & an immense...
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The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition

Meyer Howard Abrams - 1971 - 406 pages
...extreme claimant for poetic automatism was, of course, William Blake. Of his Milton he said, in 1803: I have written this Poem from immediate Dictation,...my Will; the Time it has taken in writing was thus render'd Non Existent, and an immense Poem Exists which seems to be the Labour of a Long life, all...
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Critical Assumptions

Kenneth Knowles Ruthven - 1984 - 276 pages
...inspirationists is William Blake, who said that his poem Milton (1800-04) was dictated to him in batches of twenty or thirty lines at a time, 'without premeditation, and even against [his] will'.52 Concerning the origin of such poems, he claimed that ' the authors are in Eternity',...
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Poetic Creation: Inspiration Or Craft

Carl Abraham Daniel Fehrman - 1980 - 229 pages
...verses on One Grand Theme. ... I have written this poem from immediate Dictation, twelve or sometimes thirty lines at a time, without Premeditation and even against my Will. " Like Shelley, he discounts the value of "labor and study," adding: "An immense Poem Exists, which...
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Light Beyond: The Wonderworld of Parapsychology

Stanton Arthur Coblentz - 1982 - 206 pages
...Consider the statement of William Blake, who wrote to Thomas Butts regarding his poem on John Milton: "I have written this poem from immediate dictation,...thirty lines at a time, without premeditation, and sometimes even against my will." 1 Except for the concluding phrase, this precisely describes Flora's...
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Dante in the Twentieth Century, Volume 1

Adolph Caso - 1982 - 147 pages
...immediate Dictation, twelve or sometimes twenty or thirty lines at a time, without Premeditation & even against my Will; the Time it has taken in writing was thus render'd Non Existent, & an immense Poem Exists which seems to be the Labour of a long Life, all produc'd...
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