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‘To the Jews’—Rescue Attempts

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/9780199603145.003.0009

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

‘To the Jews’—Rescue Attempts

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Blake's Jews coinhere with British Druids — who spread war throughout the world. Los's Spectre and Emanation appear as refugees, fleeing from Albion to tell their version of his fall (1). Los journeys into Albion's interior, encountering creative ruin and shadowy Vala enthroned (2). Attempting to control lusts, Los sensually constricts Reuben (Albion's son) — while Jesus imaginatively creates states through which humanity can find forgiveness (3). Angelmorphic Eternals (cathedral cities) want to rescue Albion, but they are blighted by spectrous Selfhood (4) and though Los empowers them, Albion rejects their help (5). Vala tramples Jerusalem (6), but wise Erin protectively separates the poem's heroine from Albion's body, which is infected with bellicose Moral Law (7).

Keywords: Albion; Druids; Eternals; forgiveness; Jerusalem; Jesus; Jews; Moral Law; Reuben; Selfhood; states; Vala

Chapter.  12276 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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