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William Blake

Post  deviadah on Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:45 am

Not a pure alchemist, more a Gnostic (in my eyes)... but since that movement is a sort of off-shoot of the alchemical gnosis I feel Blake is worthy of a thread (yet I place it in general).

I hope all members that might want to discuss his ideas and concepts will take part in this thread.

For free texts go here: Blake Digital Text Project

Let me kick-start this thread with a little insight of mine.

William Blake is all about perception, and not only because of that famous quote I am sure most of you have heard.
The ancient tradition that the world will be consumed in fire
at the end of six thousand years is true. as I have heard from Hell.
For the cherub with his flaming sword is hereby commanded to
leave his guard at the tree of life, and when he does, the whole
creation will be consumed, and appear infinite. and holy whereas
it now appears finite & corrupt.
This will come to pass by a improvement of sensual enjoyment.
But first the notion that man has a body distinct from his
soul, is to be expunged; this I shall do, by printing in the
infernal method, by corrosives, which in Hell are salutary and
medicinal, melting apparent surfaces away, and displaying the
infinite which was hid.
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would
appear to man as it is: infinite.
For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro'
narrow chinks of his cavern. - from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Blake, as I am too, is interested in seeing not necessarily with the eyes alone.
They told me that the night & day were all that I could see;
They told me that I had five senses to inclose me up.
And they inclos'd my infinite brain into a narrow circle,
And sunk my heart into the Abyss, a red round globe hot burning
Till all from life I was obliterated and erased. - from Visions of the Daughters of Albion

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Re: William Blake

Post  Malt_Draught on Sat May 10, 2008 10:07 am

I was always a bit of a Larkin fan myself one poem of his has stuck with me through the years;

This Be The Verse
by Philip Larkin

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don't have any kids yourself.

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