The juxtaposition of printmaker and poet in William Blake’s illustrations takes the systematized process of engraving, whose end result produces art.  Imagination must be “etched out” in a mechanical process, but the final result reveals freedom from “mind forgd manacles.”  Blake’s illustrations and poetry give clues to the process of making art by engraving, revealing the necessity of the mental to liberate the physical process of engraving.  Without inspiration and poetry, the art becomes trapped within its form—words liberate art from abstraction, but yet abstraction gives way to precision.  It is narrative that gives true meaning to art.  Therefore, Blake uses outlines to his advantage, and it is through the process of destruction and the connection between text and printmaking that the illustration of imagination raises up and takes form on the page. 

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