“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite”. This is the next line in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell after his description of his printing method. Describe to a friend what you think Blake means by this. If possible include some reference to the rock group The Doorswho were deeply inspired by Blake’s ideas.

So what Blake means by; “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite” is that simply an infinite amount more could be seen if our perception was clear of everything else. If like Blake’s printing method we could eliminate the unnecessary from the path which we view our worlds, we would be able to see much clearer, we wouldn’t just see narrow perspectives as if through windows or screens but we could open the door to every idea.
The Doors, an influential band of the 1960’s, front man Jim Morrison suggested they take their name from Aldous Huxley’s Door’s of Perception, a title which obviously in turn was inspired by Blake’s quote. Perhaps the band used their music to cleanse the door like Blake did with his printing process. One of the first official The Doors’ singles was named “Break on Through (to the other side)”, with lyrics like “I found an island in your arms/Country in your eyes” it is easy to identify Blake’s influence upon their music. They suggest a change of perception, to widen its scale and see more than the minimum and normal.

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