When critiquing and responding to Sir Joshua Reynold’s Works, Blake asserts, “These things that you call Finishd are not. Even Begun how can they then, be Finished? The Man who does not know The Beginning, never can know the End of Art” (Blake 462). This statement wholly coincides with the philosophy evident in some of Blake’s earlier poems such as “All Religions are One” and “There is No Natural Religion.” In these pieces, Blake likens seeing visions to seeing into eternity and, thus, the artistic form becomes not only an aesthetic manifestation of knowledge and imagination but also a ceaseless vortex enlivened by desire and experience. Art in itself continually invents and reinvents itself because art is, as they say, in the eye of the beholder. These two poems not only characterize art as a means of salvation but also equate art with faith. Blake openly shares his perspective that prayer is an act of prophecy and, through prayer, one may aspire to the status of Poetic Genius. Considering this parallel relationship, appreciating art similarly may be seen as a means of acquiring Poetic Genius standing.

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