William Blake’s Epic Poems: Milton and Jerusalem

The Still Point

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plate 92, Jerusalem

Most people’s acquaintance with the poet William Blake is limited to a few poems like “Tyger, Tyger burning bright, in the forests of the night…” (Songs of Experience) and “Little lamb who made thee?” (Songs of Innocence). If you have lived in England you would also be familiar with the hymn “Jerusalem” (see below), but these are only tidbits of his poetry. His major epic poems, Milton and Jerusalem, are known only by a few but they are magnificent and repay diligent study. Admittedly they are very difficult to understand and we need help.   I found I could appreciate the basics of his poetry with some expert guidance.  Indispensable guides to reading Blake are: Blake’s Apocalypse by Harold Bloom, A Blake Dictionary by S. Foster Damon, Blake: Prophet Against Empire by David Erdman, and Fearful Symmetry by Northrop Frye (in that order of…

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Should I appeal to Atteborough – or Greta Thunberg?

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Basic (Citizens') Income

Did my blog last week receive more hits than usual because it featured people rather than ideas? I have a postal address for David Attenborough, but would Greta Thunberg be a better target?

I have joined in a Twitter feed which she initiated. I have tried to bring this weblog to the attention of many sympathetic celebrities, but presumably none of them noticed it among the millions of Tweets etc. etc. If anyone who thinks it would be useful to tell Greta about my blog can suggest how to do it I should be grateful.

Greta suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. She calls it a gift. So it is, but it is also a curse. If I was at school now, I believe I would be diagnosed as ‘suffering’ from Asperger’s syndrome.

At the age of 20 I bought a second hand motor bike which kept breaking down. I took it…

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Saturday lite fever. Exhuming Brexit.

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“if you are digging up history. You have to dig it all up. If they dig up 60 years , I will dig up 600. If we go back far enough in the history. Always, there will be some grievance, and I´ll fight on him, I´ll fight on you, I´ll fight on everyone. Where is the beginning? I cannot find it?
Dig up all the problems and you will find they have a root cause in one place: Greed. Where there is greed, there is no satisfaction”
Guru Guruji, Quoted from “Towards” Unity by
Stuart Hastings.
http://towardsunity.org:80/the-kumbh-mela/

 

 

What shall I do? what could I do, if I could find these Criminals?
I could not dare to take vengeance: for all things are so constructed
And builded by the Divine hand that the sinner shall always escape,
And he who takes vengeance alone is the criminal of Providence:
If I should dare to lay my finger on a grain of sand
In way of vengeance, I punish the already punish’d; O whom
Should I pity if I pity not the sinner who is gone astray?
O Albion, if thou takest vengeance, if thou revengest thy wrongs,
Thou art for ever lost! What can I do to hinder the Sons
Of Albion from taking vengeance? or how shall I them perswade?
So spoke Los, travelling thro’ darkness & horrid solitude

The Slog.

mesmile2 In a varietal Party Bag tonight, we feature Theresa May at the corner flag of the Brexit Cup replay, cultural appropriation of the negro evangelist spiritual genre, the House of Commons’s mass penis extension, incompetent experts, and the bizarre respect so many people seem to have for economists and health professionals who are consistent only in their ability to disagree with each other, and change their minds. 

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Hey sinner May

where yer gonna run to?

Hey sinner May

where yer gonna run to?

Hey sinner May

where yer gonna run to?

all on that day….

Run off to Juncker

Juncker was a-drinkin’

Run off to Juncker

don’t do none o’ dat t’inkin’

all on that day….

Run to Varadkar

Gay boy was a-gigglin’

Run to Varadkar

Gay boy was a-wrigglin’

all on that day….

Hey sinner May

where yer gonna run to

Hey sinner May

where yer gonna…

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