In Search of the Swan

The Cockney Bard

Author Poet Philosopher

William Shakespeare Sonnet 86

Was it his spirit, by spirits taught to write above a mortal pitch, that struck me dead? No, neither he, nor his compeers by night giving him aid, my verse astonished. He, nor that affable familiar ghost which nightly gulls (feeds) him with intelligence.

On William Blake

'he treasured the fact that the compositions of many of his paintings and poems were given to him by Spirit visitors in dreams'.

On Plato

In the Phaedrus, Socrates and Phaedrus recapitulate what they have agreed are the four divisions of this divinely inspired mania, naming each form according to the god that inspires it: 1) the mania of prophetic divination, inspired by Apollo, 2) the mania of rites (teletai), inspired by Dionysus, 3) the mania of poetry, inspired by the Muses, 4) and the mania of love, inspired by Aphrodite and Eros. Of the four forms of divinely inspired mania, Socrates and Phaedrus agree that the enthusiasm of erotic mania is the best because it brings one to love and remember the ideal truth of beauty, of which all earthly appearances are imitations and reflections.


Einstein knew it, although he was wrong in his assumption it was a gift. It is not a gift but perfectly natural. Of course it is genuine and it is about time Doctors, Scientists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists and those who tell you there is no evidence need to be honest with themselves and others. For those who genuinely didn't know? They do now!

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