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William Blake
08-17-2009, 06:37 AM (This post was last modified: 08-17-2009 06:39 AM by Parousia.)
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William Blake
William Blake painted and wrote poetry, both of a rather unusual nature. His poem “The Tyger” is perhaps the best known.

Quote:Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?
And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Yet lurking behind these lines (like a tiger in a forest?) is a religious philosophy of an unusual flavor. Here is an interpretation of the above poem in terms of that philosophy. A small sample:

Quote:In believing that creation followed a cosmic catastrophe and a fall of spiritual beings into matter, Blake recalls Gnosticism, a multi-faceted religious movement that has run parallel to mainstream Christianity.

His paintings are more obviously… ahem… different.

This one by Blake…

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…always reminded me of this modern one...

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08-17-2009, 08:09 AM
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RE: William Blake
Blake is all kinds of awesome.

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If you should see evident sins or defects, draw out of those thorns the rose; perceiving, moreover, that such apparent sinners may frequently have a good intention, for no one can judge the secrets of the heart of man.
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08-17-2009, 10:38 AM
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RE: William Blake
Ah, I love that poem. Yay for Blake and Gnosticism!

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08-17-2009, 11:44 AM
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RE: William Blake
(08-17-2009 10:38 AM)GTseng3 Wrote:  Ah, I love that poem. Yay for Blake and Gnosticism!

I have a MetroCard holder (a hard plastic sleeve for the NYC subway/bus swipe card) that has the penultimate stanza on it, courtesy of the Poetry in Motion project.

"When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?"
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09-30-2010, 02:10 AM
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RE: William Blake
Exclamation marks are awesome!
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