November 28, 2015

On Thanksgiving I talked to my grandson Michael, 17, about different forms of writing as he is a gifted writer. Like his grandma, we are not into poetry, too sad for the most part, though in the duality of life expresses both positive and negative emotions. When I suggested screenplay writing, telling Michael about the ongoing destiny of my screenplay, he connected immediately and hopes to take classes when he goes to college in 2016.

We agreed that life is all about programing and timing as this experience is set in linear time. It's about overcoming adversity then finding a creative way to use one's experiences to help and heal others - the "making a difference" scenario. Poetry is most often about expressing one's emotions to be shared with those who empathize with the poet. Poetry and music walk hand and hand - powerful verses that can heal and awaken memories on many levels of consciousness. Would you believe ... with almost 10,000 files on Crystalinks I never created a file about Poetry until now.

Happy Birthday to my favorite poet ...

November 28, 1757 - August 12, 1827

William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic poetry has been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry led one contemporary art critic to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced".

In 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Although he lived in London his entire life, he produced a diverse and symbolically rich oeuvre, which embraced the imagination as "the body of God" or "human existence itself".

Although Blake was considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, he is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. His paintings and poetry have been characterized as part of the Romantic movement and as "Pre-Romantic". Reverent of the Bible but hostile to the Church of England (indeed, to almost all forms of organized religion), Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American Revolutions. Though later he rejected many of these political beliefs, he maintained an amiable relationship with the political activist Thomas Paine; he was also influenced by thinkers such as Emanuel Swedenborg. Despite these known influences, the singularity of Blake's work makes him difficult to classify. The 19th-century scholar William Rossetti characterized him as a "glorious luminary", and "a man not forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors".

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower ...

Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.

William Blake Quotes

Europe a Prophecy is a 1794 prophetic book by William Blake.

It is engraved on 18 plates, and survives in just 9 known copies.

I connected this image with Z and now with William Blake.

July 17, 1991 - Famous Barbury Castle Crop Circle that changed everything

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