Recently unearthed drafts of William Blake's Songs of Experience have revealed a puzzling version of his poem "London" (originally published in 1794). In the annotations he explains that the original poem, cryptically titled "2009",came to him as a waking dream of an absurd futuristic place which was very flat and "overrun by a lot of carriages without horses".
Feeling the original vision was too ridiculous to publish, Blake famously wrote of his contemporary London instead.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Posted by basil on Saturday, January 03, 2009