William Blake And Beyond with Robert Bly

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“As a man is, so he sees.” These words of mystical poet and artist William Blake are just as relevant now as they were when they were written in 1802 - perhaps more so. Throughout his life, Blake undertook a voyage beyond rationality and materialism to an interior, visionary realm where “all things appear as they are - infinite.” Yet all human beings, he believed, are capable of opening their eyes to a fuller experience of life. In this discussion, master poet and word-weaver Robert Bly opens windows into Blake’s mythic world, sharing with us some of Blake’s poetry as well as some of his own compositions and insights. He invites us all to awaken to vision, our own creative energies, and the Divine Imagination. (hosted by Michael Toms and Marsha Newman)


Robert Bly (1926-2021), Poet, translator and teacher. Bly was the author of many books, including:

To learn more about the work of Robert Bly go to www.robertbly.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Four steps toward mystical vision
  • The historically evolving view of the human psyche and its implications
  • The dynamics of revolutionary energy in the French Revolution and the American 1960s
  • Blake’s four zoas, or living beings, within humans and culture, that represent four ways of moving into creative consciousness
  • How Blake re-introduced the feminine into the male Christian model
  • The power of attachment to beauty and art
  • How to deepen your own creativity
Host: Michael Toms & Marsha Newman       Interview Date: 3/23/1984      Program Number: 1854