The innumerable Chariots of the
Almighty appear'd in Heaven,
And Bacon & Newton & Locke, &
Milton & Shakespear & Chaucer . . .
Blake had the highest regard for all kinds of knowledge, including science, but the provenance of science was not the human spirit - that was the vocation of the arts and humanities.
Blake's high regard for Newton is apparent in his depiction of him as an exquisite human specimen - but sitting at the bottom of the sea of space and time, using only a pair of dividers, while a polypus, symbol of materialism, advances on him from behind. Yet, before him is a scroll, the symbol of the poetic genius.
The Blake Society at St James'
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