Frances Wilson

We’ve embraced William Blake without having any idea of what he was on about

His work is repeatedly taken to signify the opposite of what he meant, and even John Higgs can’t explain Blake’s sublime strangeness

‘The Ancient of Days.’ He might look like God, but Urizen was, in Blake’s mythology, Satan himself [Getty Images]

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