G N M Tyrrell - The Personality of Man – The nature of Blake’s inspiration
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
As quoted in G N M Tyrrell - The Personality of Man
One after another the great writers, poets and artists confirm the fact that their work comes to them from beyond the threshold of consciousness. It is not as though this material came passively floating towards them. It is imperious, dynamic and wilful. Blake said of his poem, Milton:
"I have written this poem from immediate dictation, twelve or sometimes twenty or thirty lines at a time, without premeditation, and even against my will."