'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Thursday, 8 April 2010

Happiness



To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

- William Blake.

7 comments:

  1. The first two lines have lived with me for years and I have lived them for years.

    I've never been quite sure about holding Infinity in the palm of my hand (as a child I nearly drove myself bonkers trying to imagine infinity) but living eternity now - yes. Carpe diem. And never ever part in anger.

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  2. One wonders what old WB was smoking at the time he wrote those lines.

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  3. I know some of the other poets used substances, but I didn't think Blake was renown for that...but I might be wrong. However he certainly had an idiosyncratic set of ideas/ ideals.

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  4. GB - infinity - a wonderful conceptual challenge!

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  5. Love that verse, love the photo.
    Best wishes, enjoy life, infinity and eternity forever :)

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  6. I think I'd have got on well with Blake...

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  7. Thank you Brian. And the same to you and yours.

    Jinksy - To what part(s) of Blake do you especially relate?

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