Blake and Tradition

Blake and Tradition

Kathleen Raine, 1962


Part 1: The Northern Sun: Visions of a Sage:  The Swedenborgian Songs and Jacob Boehme and Tiriel

Part 2: The Myth of the Soul:  The Sea of Time and Space, Thel and The Myth of Kore,          Oothoon in Leutha’s Vale, Emblems of Love, Gates of Birth and Death, Spectors and Watchers

Part 3: The Zoas of Physical Life:  Hermetic Myth, Enion, Tharmas and Mental Traveler

Part 4: The Demon Red or The Zoas of Energy, Energy is the Only Life

Part 5: The Zoas of Reason, The Tyger, The Ancient Trees, The Governor of the Unwilling, and The Children of Urizen

Part 6: What is man? Jesus and the Imagination, Satan the Selfhood, States, The Sickness of Albion

The child is the symbol of human experience as it experiences itself (66)

The Myth of the Soul which descends from an Eternal World or State undergoes experience and suffering in the world of generation and returns at last to her native state of purity. (67)

Cave of Nymphs (porphyry) Descent, Suffering and Return

All Women are Weavers in Blake’s Poetry

The Book of Thel is Neo-Platonist—Ovid and Shakespeare influence.  Adonis/Anemone

Moist Soul: Soul Drenched in Moisture (109)

Mountains of the Moon: Cancer Sign (115)

Vaughan’s Cave is a place of generations. Hatched Serpent Signifies decay in new life—the womb to tomb or tomb to womb. (116)

Basilisk or Oboru is the Urizen in Alchemy

Marriage of Heaven and Hell is also Alchemy. Souls Confined in the Temporal Body. (119)

Elysian Mysteries Popular in the 1790s (128)

The Little Girl Lost and The Little Girl Found is Blake’s retelling of Persephone and Demeter’s tale or myth.  Lyca is Persephone.  (130)

Lyca “Live the Death” and “Wake To The Sleep” (137)

Earthly Existence is a Dream

Lyca passes through Luna House of Canier (140)

Palace of the Deep (146)

Oothoon in Leautha’s Vale is the part of the trilogy with Thel and Lyca. There is a debate between materialistic and idealistic views of the nature of life. Love, as Plato conceived it and Blake, Shelly and Wollstonecraft understood it, is of the soul. (166)

Neo-platonic Structure poem where Oothoon weeded to Ossianic (or Norse) story. (174)

Love is Holy. Love of the body destroys the love of the soul. (212)

The Soul Has No Sex (215)

Lilly Root of Paradise—Boehme

My Pretty Rose True Poem (217)

The poet is attracted toward another woman who he renounces for the save of his wife only to find his wife turns away from him in jealousy.

Turning away from wife was a dissatisfaction with natural love and longing for an object of desire. The Muse is the Supernatural Mistress—she is Divine Wisdom.

Blake’s Sunflower is a Golden Disk representative of the Sun itself (220)

Blake’s Tyger if a Fiery Beast created in the furnaces of the demiurge. The theft of Fire is the Solar Spiritual principle.  (230)

Anima Magica Absconda—Vaughan

Plutarch has a similar process.

Ardor Fierce and Liquid Venus (276)

The Mental Traveler Contains All 4 Zoas

The Book of Urizen: Enitharmon Orc Los where Orc is like Prometheus and Los is like Odin. (334)

Energy is Eternal Delight: Love is the Essence of Man’s Life (368)

Heaven in Hell and Hell in Heaven

Swedenborg (A Marriage of Heaven and Hell) was the prophet for the new age. Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bryce Shelly.

About carilynn27

Reading and writing and writing about reading are my passion. I've been keeping a journal since I was 14. I also write fiction and poetry. I published my first collection of short stories, "Radiant Darkness" in 2000. I followed that up with my first collection of poetry in 2001 called "Journey without a Map." In 2008, I published "Persephone's Echo" another collection of poetry. Since then I've also published Emotional Espionage, The Way The Story Ended, My Perfect Drug and Out There. I have my BA in English from The Ohio State University at Mansfield and my MA in English Lit from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I also have my Post BA Certificate in Women's Studies. I am the mother of two beautiful children. :-)
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