While some of Blake's work is popular, most people who enjoy quoting him have little grasp of what made him so strange and unique. Most people are familiar with some of his wonderful lyrics from Songs of Innocence and of Experience but far fewer have even attempted to penetrate his longer "prophetic" works such as Milton or Jerusalem. He is often classed with the Romantics but, while the other Romantics (such as Wordsworth or Shelley) were generally very much aligned with the thought of the Enlightenment (despite all their wrestling with particular elements of Enlightenment thought) Blake seemed to completely reject the Enlightenment and virtually the whole Western philosophical tradition. He exalted inner vision and "Imagination" over discursive reason, and dismissed the empirical scientific attitude (personified as Newton) as the "vegetable existence". For me personally, reading Blake was instrumental in breaking free from materialistic thinking and I may have never become a Christian without him. Many of Blake's views seem wild and heretical but I think in some ways he was much closer to Orthodox thinking than other Christian contemporaries in England and the West.