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    especially after the henry VIII fiasco... unless it's sam taylor-wood you're objecting to, admittedly little better...

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    came late to this, but count me in as a blake fan.

    My parents were beatniks, and if I remember right they have a (record) album of Allan Ginsberg reading Blake. Dunno but I'd guess that was a big American -Blake connection. I don't remember what it sounded like, but I identified a tiger at the zoo as "burning bright!" when I was two or so, so I guess I must have learned it somewhere.

    And this one is on my mind of late (apropos of the new pope "Eggs" Benedict)


    And I saw it was filled with graves,
    And tomb-stones where flowers should be:
    And Priests in black gowns, were walking their rounds,
    And binding with briars, my joys & desires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripley

    And I saw it was filled with graves,
    And tomb-stones where flowers should be:
    And Priests in black gowns, were walking their rounds,
    And binding with briars, my joys & desires.
    Ah yes, still gives me the spinal shiver that one, every time. Wonderful.

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    im going to try and get involved in this if theyll let me

    Jerusalem in Full
    Saturday 25 November 2017 10 am to 9 pm
    Waterstones Bookshop, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ
    To celebrate Blake’s 260th birthday, we will be reading the whole of his last great prophetic book, Jerusalem, the Emanation of the Giant Albion, over the course of a single day.
    In his Preface to Jerusalem, Blake speaks of producing the cadences of his prophetic poem for ‘the mouth of a true Orator’. This will be a rare opportunity to engage actively with ‘the grandest poem that this world contains’ as Blake himself tells us he shaped it – through the spoken word.
    We will be guided through the multiple levels of Blake’s culminating vision by Susanne Sklar, a leading authority on Jerusalem as ‘Visionary Theatre’.
    Members are invited to take part in the reading, which will be open to the public. Readers will be assigned specific roles for the leading figures, with a wider group sharing the narration.
    If you would like to take part, please register your interest at:
    jerusalem@blakesociety.org

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    i just found out about it because im most of the way through my first real comprehensive reading of jerusalem

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    "To Tirzah" by William Blake

    Whate'er is born of mortal birth
    Must be consumèd with the earth,
    To rise from generation free:
    Then what have I to do with thee?

    The sexes sprung from shame and pride,
    Blowed in the morn, in evening died;
    But mercy changed death into sleep;
    The sexes rose to work and weep.

    Thou, mother of my mortal part,
    With cruelty didst mould my heart,
    And with false self-deceiving tears
    Didst bind my nostrils, eyes, and ears,

    Didst close my tongue in senseless clay,
    And me to mortal life betray.
    The death of Jesus set me free:
    Then what have I to do with thee?

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    Is Blake saying here that life itself is sleep?

    'But mercy changed death into sleep;
    The sexes rose to work and weep.'

    That's a striking way of looking at things - from a Christian perspective, life is a sort of sleep preceding the awakening of death.

    I must admit that I had to scurry to Wikipedia to understand what this poem was about. The question of what 'I' have to do with 'thee' (the senses, 'generation') is a deep question that survives the death of God, and popped up in one of my mindfulness lectures wot I was listening to yesterday.

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    this is from Chapter 3 of Jerusalem

    "O though poor Human Form!" "O thou poor child of woe!
    "Why wilt thou wander away form Tirzah? why me compel to bind
    thee?
    "If thou dost go away from me I shall consume upon these Rocks.
    These fibres of thine eyes that used to beam in distant heavens
    Away from me, I have bound down with a hot iron.
    These nostrils that expanded with delight in morning skies
    I have bent downward with lead melted in my roaring furnaces
    Of affliction, of love, of sweet despair, of torment unendurable.
    My soul is 7 furnaces; incessant roars the bellows
    Upon my terribly flaming heart, the molten metal runs
    In channels thro' my firey limbs/ O Love, O Pity O Fear
    O pain! O the pangs, the bitter pangs of love foresaken!
    Ephraim was a wilderness of joy where all my wild beasts ran.
    The River Kanah wander'd by my sweet Manasseh's side
    To see the boy spring into heavens sounding from my sight!
    Go Noah, fetch the girdle of strong brass, heat it red hot,
    Press it around the loins of this ever-expanding cruelty.
    Shriek not so my only love. I refuse thy joys: I drink
    Thy shrieks becasue Hand & Hyle are cruel & obdurate to me."

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    WOW.

    'These fibres of thine eyes that used to beam in distant heavens
    Away from me, I have bound down with a hot iron.
    These nostrils that expanded with delight in morning skies
    I have bent downward with lead melted in my roaring furnaces'

    and

    'Go Noah, fetch the girdle of strong brass, heat it red hot,
    Press it around the loins of this ever-expanding cruelty.'

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