This line from Paine's Rights of Man leaped out at me the other day, so I made a little graphic for it. The portrait is by Matthew Pratt.
From The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, a favorite piece of mine since the 1980s. It really should be read in full to get a sense of Blake's contrarian philosophy and complex mythos. The style is probably unlike anything ever written in the eighteenth century -- poetry and prose cut together in a way that... Continue Reading →
1. Never use two words when you can use ten. 2. Never use your own words if you can quote somebody more learned, more famous, or more dead than you are. 3. Do not fear adjectives and adverbs -- especially if they look like you made them up. 4. Never, ever agree with anyone if... Continue Reading →