This is a long, earnest, scholarly, and sometimes dry- evaluation and elucidation of Blake as a political and social thinker. It is not a life of Blake; it is not an appreciation of his poetical gifts; it is an attempt to explain his system of thought. It shows him as the rebel against an over-rationalistic age, as the contemporary- though greatly in advance- of such romantics of his period as Godwin, Shelley and Coleridge; it places him in time and space. The last and perhaps the most illuminating chapters are analyses of Blake's longer political poems, with an attempt to unravel their difficult mythology. In this, the author brings keen insight and sheds much light. A serious study, for the Blake enthusiasts.