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Last week Katie and I shared our thoughts on meaningful relationships. A large section of mine focused on my relationship with my beloved, my Scott. While reflecting on the relationship I share with Scott, I thought about a key literary point.
Scott and I met online a few years ago. In one of our first exchanges, I noted that I was a William Blake fan. His response was, “great. What else?” ”What else?,” I thought…”who is this man?”
It turns out that this man is incredibly competitive and very brainy. He’s quick with his words and deep with his thoughts. He is slow with his processing as he takes everything in, yet he’s keenly observant.
He wanted to know more, to probe, to listen, to get a sense. At the heart, this man is a storyteller, a poet, a visionary. An artist with deep respect for his art and the art of others.
It also turned out that Blake played a much bigger role in his life than I knew. It’s one for which I’m grateful.
You see, back in undergrad land, I had an incredible Brit Romantics course with Dr. Richard Simpson. During that semester, I recall throwing out a prayer, an intent, a thought, a however-you-might-call it. It sounded like this, “Dear God, if it’s meant to be, please let the man that I marry and love be a Blake fan.”
I beam in smiles now as I write it. However things were meant to be, they were best. How many men I dated who didn’t have a clue about Blake and I never shared with them my love his of his writings.
For me, Blake is simple. He connects within. His songs and his stories are pure magic. They pierce the surface and warm the heart. They’re deep while appearing simple. They’re not as foo-foo-y as others. His art and his drawings were taught to me by Scott.
For Scott, Blake’s “ability to create in multiple mediums” appeals greatly.
Scott has worked with Blake in different forms- music, poetry, prose, and a set of screenplays. Some is public, some is in the wings, and other remains being refined within his heart, brain, and soul. Gently guided by a vision and a depth of care for the works of a master.
The words of The Tyger are often heard in our home. ”Tyger Tyger, burning bright, / In the forests of the night; / What immortal hand or eye, / Could frame thy fearful symmetry? …”
Other poems and ideas from Songs of Innocence and Experience are also dominant in our daily lives. It’s interesting to watch Susanna respond to Blake. She calms down or she picks up a bit. She seems to know the internal connection to a brilliant artist. Perhaps, too, she understands the depth and the connection we share with this great man and his art and merely shows signs of respecting and honoring her parents.
The Blake connection for us is easy, natural, and helped to solidify who the other is, what the other views, and how to respond to each other. It gave an insight into the depth of the other person and provided for an easy, on-the-surface connection that was far deeper than the surface.
What writers have influenced you? Were you and your partner drawn to any of the same writers? Do you quote writers often in your home?