If he had been Antichrist Creeping Jesus, He'd have done anything to please us: Subsequently, Chapter 2 undertakes a critical analysis of the aggressively masculinist heterosexism informing Blake's early views of sexuality and gender. Eventually, it is reported, he ceased working and turned to his wife, who was in tears by his bedside. This is a reversal of the usual method of etching, where the lines of the design are exposed to the acid, and the plate printed by the intaglio method. Pickering and Chatto,
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This is not to say that a great deal of valuable work has not been done; it has, and the remainder of this section will attempt to survey some of that groundbreaking scholarship. They seem to have shared some views on sexual equality and the institution of marriage, but there is no evidence proving that they met. Bentley, Dorset-Street.
The chapter goes on to investigate a genteel Republican tradition, articulated in English literature from Milton to Cowper, of anti-homosexual thought and sentiment, speculating that Blake was keenly aware of and responsive to this tradition in his own writing and art.