Shifting Settings—Building Projects

Susanne M. Sklar

in Blake's Jerusalem As Visionary Theatre

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603145
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731594 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Shifting Settings—Building Projects

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This chapter briefly considers Jerusalem's interrelating settings before discussing the antecedents and dynamics of the building projects within them. Los, the poem's fallible hero, has a great task, ‘the building of Golgonooza’, a multi‐dimensional temple‐city — but his vision is blighted by Albion's fallen sons and their rationalist ‘Druid’ agendas. As an apprentice Blake worked with depictions of what were thought to be Druid structures, but unlike many antiquarians and Freemasons, he does not idealise these legendary Britons. Albion's ‘Druidic’ rationalism does not promote a worldview in which people, towns, Eternals, nations, and all living creatures interrelate creatively — as they do in Jerusalem, the feminine‐divine city in which all continually build structures of forgiveness.

Keywords: antiquarians; apprentice; Druids; Freemasons; Golgonooza; Jerusalem; rationalism

Chapter.  9005 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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