Within the mind’s frame, the contrary systems of thought go to war.  Each image holds the mind’s space forcing one to watch, follow it, and succumb it its desires and this activity hinders the divine energy from being made apparent.  When one is sufficiently engaged in the stories repeatedly told by the mind, the infinite, as Blake would say, cannot be seen in all things and since “the Poetic Genius is the true Man” (Pg, 5),  Blake wrote much about its experience as well as condemning what he believed deflated it.  This essay attempts to process the differing ways Blake saw Poetic Genius, or the divine energy interrupted.  To do this, first I demonstrate, in Blake’s terms, that Man is in fact constructed from the Poetic Genius and therefore, there must be an internal rather than external interruption blocking the manifestation of Poetic Genius.  Next, I illustrate how Songs of Innocence and Experience depict this energy stoppage, or how the filled mind keeps out the Poetic Genius.  Indicated by his poetry, Blake was obsessed with the various ways human’s hinder access to the Poetic Genius because he wanted to unlock the prophet in everyone.

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