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‘To the Public’—Albion's Fall

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603145.003.0008

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

‘To the Public’—Albion's Fall

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Jerusalem's first chapter tells the story of Albion's fall. Its overture sets the scene for Los's journey into Albion's interior and humanity's transfiguration in forgiveness of sins. When Albion banishes Jerusalem and Jesus, nature, culture, and his internal life deteriorate (scene 1). Los, working to restore Albion, must contend with his own negativity, his Spectre (or Selfhood) (2). Jerusalem, promulgating forgiveness and liberty, falls into despair, animating shadowy Vala as Los builds Golgonooza, a city that can open into Eden/Eternity (3). But bellicose rationality assaults Jerusalem, enshrouding the life of the mind (4). Los battles against this, though his Spectre infects him with shame, empowering Albion's warrior sons who banish Jerusalem (5). Then shadowy Vala tries to seduce Jerusalem, and Albion finds himself enmeshed in Vala's deadly veil, despising divine forgiveness (6).

Keywords: Albion; Eden/Eternity; fall; forgiveness; Golgonooza; Jerusalem; Jesus; Los; Spectre; transfiguration; Vala

Chapter.  10638 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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