William Blake’s I Want! I Want! is an early fantasy of space travel

By Skye Sherwin

In his 1793 engraving, the poet and artist finds a novel solution to getting to the moon: a really big ladder

Visionary poet and artist William Blake’s little engraving, smaller than a playing card, is an early fantasy of lunar travel. The tiny figure who announces their desire to get to the moon with a child’s cry, “I want! I want!”, has a similarly child-like solution when it comes to transport: a really big ladder.

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