I’ll be reading a couple of passages from Blake’s religio-political prophecies, Jerusalem: Emanation of the Giant Albion and Milton: A Poem, later today. Blake illustrated his poems on engraved sheets of inked copper plate: the images below illuminate the content I’ll be reading today. The first shows Blake’s ideal of what society could become – the ‘divine body’ in which we’re all united; the second his representation of how society is now – ‘Albion’ – in which we currently live in alienation; and the third, the poet prophet figure who can redeem us by moving us into the divine body, here represented as ‘John Milton’ (and in Jerusalem called ‘Los’). Hope to see some of you later.
Cheers – Emma