Blake’s Night Thoughts by Jeremy Tambling (auth.)

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He sits down with holy fears, And waters the ground with tears; Then Humility takes its root Underneath his foot. Soon spreads the dismal shade Of Mystery over his head; And the Caterpiller and Fly Feed on the Mystery. And it bears the fruit of Deceit, Ruddy and sweet to eat; And the Raven his nest has made In its thickest shade. ] promotes war & the soldier peace. ] beauty for a bit of bread. (E. 27, K. 217, K. 25 In ‘The human image’ there was the spreading of nets, like Urizen’s ‘net of religion’ (E.

The fifth text, written in 1799, gives a narrative of the world of the Greeks dominated by Apollo and light. This first Enlightenment, however, was unable to deal with death, and had to personify it on the tomb by 46 Blake’s Night Thoughts a youth extinguishing the light. The narrative of Greece is succeeded by the birth of Christ, who is seen by a Greek singer coming to Palestine – a figure of Novalis – as the embodiment of the youth figured on the sarcophagus; Christ is already, then, a figure of resurrection, the fulfilment of sleep and of death.

28–9, K. 218–19), the boy is confronted by the contradictory elements of eighteenth-century ideology: this Pope, and Isaac Watts’s Song XXIII ‘Obedience to Parents’ on those who do not honour their parents. 26 The voice speaking as ‘we’ in the first few lines of ‘The Human Abstract’, contrasting with the boy who opens his poem, is fully-fledged, sophisticated, organized, and abstract because unnamed. Allegorical qualities are named – pity, poverty, mercy, fear, peace, selfish loves, cruelty, humility, and mystery.

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