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A principal character in the symbolic books of Blake, represented as God of Reason and law‐maker. The Book of Urizen (1794) is Blake's version of the myth of Genesis, describing the creation of the material world by Urizen from the ‘abominable void’, from which is engendered Urizen's opponent, Los, and Pity, the first female form, who is named Enitharmon. The spirit of the book is of anguish, revolt, and suffering, and Urizen, after long struggles with Los, surveys his creation in a sorrow that engenders a web, ‘The Net of Religion’.

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