We have referred to the ‘integration’ of Blake’s ideas several times, pointing out that his insights are simultaneously applicable to a whole society and to an individual. In the previous chapter on society, we began to understand the mythic process called the ‘Orc cycle’, and commented that the struggles and other dynamic processes this myth describes can be seen in operation both in society and in the individual. In this chapter, we will explore Blake’s presentation of individual consciousness in his works.
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