Seeing the whole

The opening lines of William Blake’s poem are familiar:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour

William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

I heard them again yesterday, and it stirred my curiosity to see these words in their broader context.

Auguries of Innocence is, astonishingly, a poem for our time. Not the specifics of William’s illustrations from 18th and early 19th Century London, but in his heart for ‘change in the social order and the minds of men.’

Seeing the whole through the eyes of the poet.