Blake, children and lockdown

Erle, S. (2020) Blake, children and lockdown. VALA: The Journal of the Blake Society, 1. pp. 6-9.

Full text not available from this repository.


On 23 March 2020 the UK went into lockdown to manage the spread of COVID-19. We were told that we should stay indoors, and then ‘alert’, and keep two metres apart if/when venturing outside. Stay safe! On my walks I often wondered who had caught COVID-19. A virus doesn’t discriminate and this virus’s symptoms can be subtle; there was much scrutinizing of faces in the streets for “Marks of weakness, marks of woe” (l.4, E26). There was – thinking about my daily walks through the lens of Blake’s “London” – no leading of old (blind) men or women by small children as shown on the plate for “London”: Children especially, this was the official guidance, had to keep their distance from those more vulnerable than them.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Blake, Children, Lockdown
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Sibylle Erle
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 10:35
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2021 13:26

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item