William Blake

The British Library is holding an exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of of my favourite poets and artists, William Blake, including how his work has influenced modern creators, including Philip Pullman who has donated part of his manuscript for the Amber Spyglass. One of the items in the exhibition is a notebook of Blake’s, filled with fragments of poetry, observations and sketches of his art (a couple of which could pass as pencil outlines for covers for Mike Carey’s Lucifer comics). For those of us not able to visit the exhibition the British Library has also digitised the notebook and added it to their Turning the Pages site (where they have the original Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland I blogged about months ago), where you can use your mouse to ‘turn’ over each page and have a look.

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

Auguries of Innocence, William Blake