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lunarose wrote:what's with the 'you people' thang- you're exempting yourself?
(i just know now you're going to make me stand in the korner )
William Blake (1757-1827) Milton: The Sky is an Immortal Tent Built by the Sons of Los (excerpt) wrote:The sky is an immortal tent built by the Sons of Los:
And every space that a man views around his dwelling-place
Standing on his own roof or in his garden on a mount
Of twenty-five cubits in height, such space is his universe:
And on its verge the sun rises and sets, the clouds bow
To meet the flat earth and the sea in such an order'd space:
The starry heavens reach no further, but here bend and set
On all sides, and the two Poles turn on their valves of gold:
And if he moves his dwelling-place, his heavens also move
Where'er he goes, and all his neighbourhood bewail his loss.
Such are the spaces called Earth and such its dimension.
As to that false appearance which appears to the reasoner
As of a globe rolling through voidness, it is a delusion of Ulro.
The microscope knows not of this nor the telescope: they alter
The ratio of the spectator's organs, but leave objects untouch'd.
For every space larger than a red globule of Man's blood
Is visionary, and is created by the Hammer of Los;
And every space smaller than a globule of Man's blood opens
Into Eternity of which this vegetable Earth is but a shadow.
The red globule is the unwearied sun by Los created
To measure time and space to mortal men every morning.
Mark Peterson wrote:Blake has been deeply relevant in that he addresses the problem of how a good God could create a world in which so many suffer and which it seems you either gobble others or are gobbled - in which the Devourer prevails over the Prolific at every turn, as exemplified in the Worm in the Rose and Tiger in the dark forests of the Night. He exonerates the Eternal Humanity Divine by positing a fallen creator, as so the kabbalists and Gnostics. Blake intended his readers to make his visions their own by entering contemplatiavely into the imaginary spaces he evokes and was fully aware that Priests of all religions force their initiates into mental spaces too tight for human comfort, as succinctly suggested in those priests walking their rounds and binding with thorns all joys and desires, and forcing people into circles where the horizon is bounded, not infinite with God's love and mercy.
The 'Hammer of Los' is one of mercy since he uses it to smash down the edifices, crated anew age after age, of religions which are presided over by cruel deities or the jealous God of the Old Testament.
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