[PDF / Epub] ☁ The Marriage of Heaven and Hell By William Blake – Horse-zine.co.uk

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell txt The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, text ebook The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, adobe reader The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, chapter 2 The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 87a9b7 Once Regarded As A Brilliant Eccentric Whose Works Skirted The Outer Fringes Of English Art And Literature, William Blake Is Today Recognized As A Major Poet, A Profound Thinker, And One Of The Most Original And Exciting English Artists Nowhere Is His Glorious Poetic And Pictorial Legacy Evident Than In The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell, Which Many Consider His Most Inspired And Original Work The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell Is Both A Humorous Satire On Religion And Morality And A Work That Concisely Expresses Blake S Essential Wisdom And Philosophy, Much Of It Revealed In The Aphorisms Of His Proverbs Of Hell This Beautiful Edition, Reproduced From A Rare Facsimile, Invites Readers To Enjoy The Rich Character Of Blake S Own Hand Printed Text Along With His Deeply Stirring Illustrations, Reproduced On Full Color Plates A Typeset Transcription Of The Text Is Included


About the Author: William Blake

William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake s work is today considered seminal and significant in the history of both poetry and the visual arts.Blake s prophetic poetry has been said to form what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the language His visual artistry has led one modern critic t



10 thoughts on “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

  1. says:

    Without Contraries is no progression Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence.From these contraries spring what the religious call Good Evil Good is the passive that obeys Reason Evil is the active springing from Energy.Good is Heaven Evil is Hell. Besides William Blake s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, I haven t read anything else until I found this magnificent piece of writing first published in 1790 A book replete with humor, creativity and sharp observations that dissect the very essence of the Church as an institution composed of fallible men whose morality acts against human nature The poet expresses his discontent with a system that facilitates the repression of desires which are called evil but he sees them as energy and imagination, among other elements that constitute the almost crushed spirits of human beings Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion This unique work contains Blake s incisive critiques of Emanuel Swedenborg s Heaven and Hell 1758 , which he considers a recapitulation of all superficial opinions, and an analysis of the sublime, but no further Swedenborg inspired Blake s Marriage in which the latter also included his philosophical views on different aspects of our lives they were magnificently portrayed in his Proverbs of hell , one of my favorite parts In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy Blake s poetry and prose are accompanied by gorgeous illustrations However, I almost went blind while trying to read that edition so I enjoyed another one with sober colors no, not a sacrilege I tell you, no virtue can exist without breaking these ten commandments Jesus was all virtue, and acted from impulse, not from rules July 14, 19 Later on my blog.


  2. says:

    This, quite frankly, is one of the greatest pieces of literature I ve ever read in fact, extend literature to include philosophy and theology as well It s mad, complicated, mystical suffice to say, it s essentially mind expanding.Works of genius, I find, fall under two basic categories those that form the pinnacle of a particular genre and those that, generally, push the very limits of human achievement The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is genius in the latter sense.A facsimile edition of this work is a must as Blake s words are an extension of his images, and vice versa The one put out by Dover has the advantage of being inexpensive, and, crucially, in full colour Also, for further reading check out Harold Bloom s intriguing short essay, Dialectic in the Marriage of Heaven and Hell.


  3. says:

    I ve always loved provocative poetry Not sensationalist I don t even have a good reason to do this provocative poetry, but rather pondered provocation disguised in insanity That s what The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is Blake s conception does not reject religion altogether Instead, Blake criticizes religious institution and its morality scheme, in which all is black and white For Blake, the world has multiple shades of gray and there s no evil or good in either side of the spectrum In this piece, he confers multiple good attributes to hell , such as energy, action, the power of creation through subjectivity the human ability to be a god through every perception, All deities reside in the human breast , while heaven conveys passivity, reason, restrain The Proverbs of Hell are particularly interesting to read and think about A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion To create a little flower is the labour of ages Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement are roads of Genius I recommend reading this as it is a very short read even though it requires some time to reflect on each little phrase and a very pleasant one The liveliest piece of Blake s I ve read so far, and one that is easy to connect with.I shall end this review with a last contribution of Blake s Opposition is true Friendship


  4. says:

    I love Blake He always manages to touch something in my heart There s a reason the only poem I know by heart is one of his And whether it s with words, or with paint The Night of Enitharmon s Joy is a personal favourite , or with his etchings another personal favourite Europe supported At first, it looks like a picture with 3 pretty, naked girls, then you realise it is harsh social commentary, that still rings true today , he always manages to make you think.The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is just brilliant It s one of those books you can read a thousand times, and still discover something , something deeper each time.I thus implore you to read it Some quotes to live by all from the Proverbs from Hell I just selected a few that spoke to me today There not the most well known, just the ones I liked best today Ask me tomorrow and I might select some others He whose face gives no light shall never become a star No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings The most sublime act is to set another before you Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.And the next quote summs up how Blake sees religion My own view on it has always been similar, even before reading Blake Till a system was formed, which some took advantage of and enslaved the vulgar by attempting to realize or abstract the mental deities from their objects Thus began Priesthood Choosing forms of worship from poetic tales And at length they pronounced that the Gods had ordered such things Thus men forgot that all deities reside in the human breast.


  5. says:

    Hm The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, eh I read C.S Lewis s The Great Divorce before I read this, and I think his preface there sums up my thoughts on the work Blake wrote The Marriage of Heaven and Hell If I have written of their Divorce, this is not because I think myself a fit antagonist for such a genius, nor even because I feel at all sure that I know what he meant.And yet I, too, do write of their divorce I think that The Marriage is a very engaging and invigorating intellectual work, copiously and beautifully illustrated, and one of the better early interdisciplinary works in the Western canon mingling, in 1790 , poetry, prose, and proverbs, in a very Biblical style, though subversively so And I love Blake s synthesis and acknowledgment of his influences Swedenborg, Milton, the Bible, and so forth But his philosophy is, I think, dangerous, just like Ayn Rand s or Aleister Crowley s, and I ll get to why in a minute Suffice to say that whereas Rand s philosophy is a joke, debunked by Michael Shermer in one chapter of one of his books, and Crowley was clearly just trying to show Victorian society how stilted it was by taking the opposite to the extreme, Blake s is semi plausible and very respected The danger lies in extreme individualism, following your energies without restraint In the wrong hands those attached to simple minds , it can be taken the wrong way, and seen as permitting anything at all.Here s where stream of consciousness starts Goody As Al Franken pointed out in that little book he wrote for grads and I m paraphrasing here some people shouldn t follow their passions What if you have a passion for embezzling large sums of money and so it is with Blake s Exuberance is beauty I understand his meaning, but is a war fought exuberantly any less brutal for it Should all people follow their passions Steven Pinker d be inclined to say no as well, methinks He points out that some people are just sociopaths Remember that guy that duped Norman Mailer but Judaism has a similar thing, Kaballah that oft misunderstood doctrine , wherein their are many truths revealed and those truths are seen as being dangerous, and restricted membership is enforced well it was in the pre Madonna days could not the idea that both light and darkness come from Hashem be taken out of context, too so maybe an exuberant war can be beautiful no, wars are ugly affairs I stand on my own legs here UhMaybe the shitty thing is that, deep down, not believing in Hell isn t liberating, it s disappointing Sure, you won t be burning in the afterlife, but neither will Michael Vicks or Hitler Shouldn t there be a Hell for the bad ones among us There certainly is evil, and most of us have seen it Isn t it crushingly disappointing that All religions have made the error that God will punish Man for following his energies paraphrased again And where does he get off thinking Jesus violated any of the Ten Commandments A child could disarm Blake s Devil here, without consulting any texts Jesus did not mock the Sabbath, any than King David did by eating the showbread while on the run, by healing the sick thereon The Baal Shem Tov has a nice parable illustrating that too many restrictions choke the soul, and Jesus must ve concurred Listen closely, said the Besht, I was once driving a coach with three horses one brown, one black, and one white and they were not able to neigh A gentile peasant called out to me from his coach, Slacken the reins I slackened the reins, and once again the horses were able to neigh Do you understand what I m saying Blake s Devil s assertion that Jesus murder d those who were murder d because of him is just absurd and turning away the law from the woman taken in adultery didn t condone her adultery, merely pointed out the hypocrisy of those who would punish her He did not steal any labours to support himself he did not bear false witness by omitting a witness before Pilate, he simply omitted making a witness at all There s a better argument for him having coveted a normal life, but Blake doesn t mention this his argument for Jesus having coveted is nonsense Even if he were right on all six accounts, that s still only six out of ten At the Proverbs, though, I lose my ability to comprehend I love some and hate some The ones I love the most are The most sublime act is to set another before you.If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.Excess of sorrow laughs Excess of joy weeps.The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man.The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.One thought fills immensity.But others are just perplexing We are told that The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow, but then that When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius lift up thy head I can hardly disagree, but I thought the crow was the smart one here Didn t he just teach the eagle for hours and hours Others are just dangerous Every thing possible to be believd is an image of truth recapitulates sorry, predicts the foolhardy ontological argument so readily debunked by Richard Dawkins and Where man is not nature is barren hurts my soul so badly it s so antithetical to everything I believe Man is but a cog in God s nature we have been demoted and demoted and demoted, as Carl Sagan shows in the The Great Demotions chapter of his book Pale Blue Dot Ask me, man s presence makes nature barren.Blake s greatest strength here is pointing out Milton s Satan is an engaging and sympathetic character, whereas his God and Messiah are abstractions, boring, revolting even Same as Dante s Hell vs his purgatory and Heaven, IMO It s so true Anyway, as you can see, I can think and have thought about this book a lot I leave you with my favorite passage The ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses, calling them by the names and adorning them with the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, nations, and whatever their enlarged numerous senses could perceive And particularly they studied the genius of each city country, placing it under its mental deity Till a system was formed, which some took advantage of enslav d the vulgar by attempting to realize or abstract the mental deities from their objects thus began Priesthood Choosing forms of worship from poetic tales And at length they pronounced that the gods had orderd such things Thus men forgot that All deities reside in the human breast The Kingdom of Heaven is within you, eh


  6. says:

    Blake was one of the greatest artistic geniuses, and this book is the clearest expression of his ideas outside of his sublime but gnomic prophetic books This work on the other hand is brief and accessible, and is as good an introduction to Blake s visionary genius as one is likely to find.


  7. says:

    If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite


  8. says:

    After a month of reading books about mysticism and religion both anti and pro and dipping in and out of articles on the philosophy of religion, I decided to read this thing again the rippling consequences of dating a literal Witch for a short while then angrily dismissing her entire worldview during an argument and then feeling spectacularly guilty about being so judgmental and frankly sad about no longer feeling her embrace on a couple nights a week are not to be underestimated Given the emotional investment I had when encountering the book this time around, I found it, uh, moving in a way I hadn t before And yeah, I m not going to bother finding ways to put into words the level of sheer, awe inspiring genius to be found in this text, and I m not going to write a critical essay, so let s leave it at this Blake towers above most writers of any species and this is his peak achievement.


  9. says:

    Without contraries is no progression Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.I believe Blake wants to prove the duality of human nature and the immoral purpose of religion to destroy existence by trying to reconcile the two You ll find well known arguments by now, but revolutionary and highly controversial for the time this was published, like the body is not distinct from the soul religion is a human product used to enslave the vulgar the need of a creator to explain infinity If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite there is no virtue without sin Jesus was all virtue, and acted from impulse, not from rules Maybe not an easy and clear read, therefore I suggest 2 reads, the second read will clear the doors of your perception, to use Blake s words D Impressive how well he argues his theory in just 40 something pages Not only that, but he put forward such outrageous ideas for the end of 1700s, his enlightenment is brilliant My absolute favorite part is Proverbs of hell And if you want a taste Shame is Pride s cloak Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion What is now proved was once only imagined You never know what is enough unless you know what is than enough.While I think this short piece of literature is brilliant and if I d was to judge it time wise I d definitely give it 5 , I cannot negate the fact is nothing new to me and also lacks in form, so consequential I cannot give it than 4 , but definitely a MUST READ


  10. says:

    This book should be required reading for High Schools So many important lessons to be taken away from this book, not only concerning religion, but life in general Blake is truly philosophical in his writings, and his ideas are especially important in today s world.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *