Blake believed in the primacy of the imagination. This section reviews the various characters in Blake’s personal mythology and their meaning in his imaginary world.
In Jerusalem, his greatest prophetic book, Blake famously wrote ‘I must create a system, or be enslav’d by another man’s. I will not reason & compare: my business is to create’
So while other poets might be content to use characters from the Bible, or from Greek and Roman myth, Blake created his own mythology populated by a host of beings that he himself had either invented, or re-interpreted.
Explore Blake's cast of characters
Personification of England
Represents spiritual beauty and poetic inspiration
One of the visionary figures who populated Blake’s visions
Personifies poetry and the creative imagination
The personification of a fallen tyrant
Personification of Man Limited by Reason
Personification of free love frustrated
Personification of the revolutionary spirit
Personification of reason, repression and authority