No. 24, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (March 2010)

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Table of contents

01.   Blake, The Argument (1790)

02.   Blake, Exposition I (1790)

03.   Blake, The Voice of the Devil (1790)

04.   Blake, Exposition II (1790)

05.   Blake, A Memorable Fancy (1790)

06.   Blake, Proverbs of Hell (1790)

07.   Blake, Exposition III (1790)

08.   Blake, A Memorable Fancy (1790)

09.   Blake, Exposition IV (1790)

10.   Blake, A Memorable Fancy (1790)

11.   Blake, Exposition V (1790)

12.   Blake, A Memorable Fancy (1790)

13.   Blake, Exposition VI (1790)

14.   Blake, A Memorable Fancy (1790)

15.   Blake, A Song of Liberty (1792)

16.   Note

It was at a strict division between heaven and hell that Blake directed his ‘marriage’: affirming, against the conventional moral opposition between good and evil, their meeting as contraries. Swedenborg had identified 1757, the date of Blake’s birth, as the year of the apocalypse; and thirty-three years later, at the same age as the crucified Christ, Blake saw a prophetic similarity between the revolutionary significance of Christ’s sacrifice and the ‘Déclaration des droits de l’homme’ announced by the French Revolution.

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