Daughters of memory

Discouraged by the story of Pyrrhus and by history in general, Stephen thinks of the apocalyptic alternatives to empirical knowledge proposed by the visionary English poet William Blake (1757-1827). Phrases throughout the seventh paragraph of Nestor come from particular passages in Blake's writings. While skeptical of their "excess," Stephen feels his imagination stirred by their vision of an absolute reality transcending earthly injustice.

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1807 portrait of William Blake by Thomas Phillips, displayed in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Photograph by Ottawa4ever of 2008 Alma College fire in St. Thomas, Ontario. Source: Wikipedia.