Daughters of memory

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

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

One of Blake's six surviving depictions of the Last Judgment, an 1808 pen and watercolor painting held by the National Trust in Petworth House, Sussex. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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