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866 Am J Psychiatry 162:5, May 2005 Images in Psychiatry http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org William Blake (1757–1827) W illiam Blake was both a great poet and a great painter. Blake invented a method of relief engraving that was able to com- bine his poetry and paintings so that they formed a unified work. In the West, only Michelangelo had previously demonstrated such singular talent in both painting and poetry, but unlike Blake he did not combine them. Blake was one of the progenitors of the revolu- tionary Romantic movement, and his verse was admired by Cole- ridge and Wordsworth. Stanzas by Blake such as the following have become an imper- ishable part of the Western canon: 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 —from “Auguries of Innocence” Long before Heinz Kohut and self psychology, Blake captured the essential tragedy of narcissistic pathology: Love seeketh only Self to please, To bind another to its delight,
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