By Christine Gallant

In all of his works Blake struggled with the query of ways chaos may be assimilated into imaginitive order. Blake's personal solution replaced during his poetic profession. Christine Gallant contends that in the 10 yr interval of composition of Blake's first complete epic, The 4 Zoas, Blake's fantasy accelerated from a closed, static procedure to an open, dynamic technique. She additional argues that it's only via recognition to the altering development of Jungian archetypes within the poem that you possibly can determine this profound change.

Using the intensity psychology of Jung, Professor Gallant offers a finished interpretation of Blake's poetry from his early "Lambeth" prophecies to his mature works, The 4 Zoas, Milton, and Jerusalem. She bargains a Jungian serious process that respects the work's autonomy, yet nonetheless indicates how literature is an ongoing innovative adventure within which archetypal symbols have an effect on their literary contexts. What pursuits the writer is the functionality that the very means of mythmaking had for Blake.

Professor Gallant unearths that the metaphysical competition among God and devil in Blake's previous paintings progressively evolves into an interaction of those powers within the later works. the standard of Chaos alterations for Blake from whatever unknown and feared, opposite to reserve, to whatever in detail identified and embraced.

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As Urizen goes about his brooding war with "the petrific abominable chaos" in the beginning of the Book, Blake describes existence from the other "regenerated" viewpoint: Earth was not: nor globes of attraction . . Death was not, but eternal life sprung. 36-39) And later in chapter five, after Los has created Urizen's body and stops in horror to view the result, Blake makes it clear that the "enormous forms of energy" could be embraced if one had the "all flexible senses" of "the Immortal": All the myriads of Eternity: All the wisdom & joy of life: MYTH A N D NON-MYTH 19 Roll like a sea around {the newly embodied Urizen] Except what his little orbs Of sight by degrees unfold.

In her own mother Enitharmon's song later in the poem, the sex­ ual female is tyrannic: Now comes the night of Enitharmons joy! . That Woman, lovely Woman! may have dominion . . MYTH AND N O N - M Y T H 33 . . & from her childhood shall the little female Spread nets in every secret path. 1-9) The story of the "shadowy female" is continued from its beginning in America: A Prophecy. In that poem, she had envisioned the necessity for revolutionary liberation; but in Europe: A Prophecy, she sees the realization of that liberation with its attendant horrors.

26). By the time that Blake was writing Europe: A Prophecy in 1792-1794, it had become a distinct possibility that the forces of reaction in England were stronger than the forces of revolution, and that Albion himself was going to war to suppress Ore's ascension in France. Both with picture and text, plate after plate of this latter poem show the contemporary horrors that call for the cleansing fire. The conflagration of "the fierce fires" that burnt off all sensuous and political restraints in the concluding plate of America: A Prophecy has become "the strife of blood" at the end of Europe: A Prophecy; further, it is inevitable and necessary, leading as it will to the "Last Days" of the millennium.

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