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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
On Art and Artists
All pictures that ’s painted with sense and with thought
 
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ALL pictures that ’s painted with sense and with thought
Are painted by madmen, as sure as a groat;
For the greater the fool is the pencil more blest,
As when they are drunk they always paint best.
They never can Raphael it, Fuseli it, nor Blake it;        5
If they can’t see an outline, pray how can they make it?
When men will draw outlines begin you to jaw them;
Madmen see outlines and therefore they draw them.
 
 
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