In Dead Man, William Blake the poet is the hidden focus of the film. Nobody recites a few couplets that appear in Auguries of Innocence, that illustrates the theme of the loss of innocence through experience. The loss of innocence is an underlying theme in much of Blake's work. Blake believes in a world of consisting of reason and sensibility; in such a world one's natural desires are suppressed, pushed to the recess of our minds that we are called upon to ignore. Experience, Blake theorizes, is gained through the experience one gains from the knowledge of their imaginative spirit that their primitive desires produce, he tries to provoke his readers through his poetry, forcing his readers to abandon their innocence once they gain the experience that had previously been hidden.
In Dead Man,the character, William Blake, has been forced to abandon his innocence. Blake acts primitively during his journey, unlocking what had been hidden in the recess of his mind and therefore gaining experience. William Blake epitomizes the underlying theme of the work of the poet William Blake.