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This post is a bit different than what I usually do. Rather than me sharing some feeble attempt at wisdom, I’m hoping someone out there can instead enlighten me. I became aware of this volume (at right) the other day, and it’s got me wondering: does it make sense to match the complete poetry (and selected prose) of John Donne with the complete poetry of William Blake?

Admittedly, I’m no Blake scholar (I’ve read only his Songs of Innocence and Experience), but I have trouble drawing a solid connection between him and Donne. Am I missing something here? Can someone fill in the blanks for me?

For my part, I would have thought it made better sense to pair Blake with John Milton. After all, the latter apparently took up residence (at least briefly) in Blake’s left foot during his afterlife (we learn this in Blake’s poem “Milton,” which I freely admit I have not read completely). I’ve illustrated below:

Someone please educate me (on the topics addressed above, preferably).

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