Understanding the Poetry of William Blake Through Dialectic of Contraries

Author: Mounsey, Chris
A significant academic work that present’s the author’s exegetical reading of Blake with his interpretations of the writing of William Blake that expands more than Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“In [the author’s] brilliant discussion of The Book of Urizeny Los, rather than allegorised as the struggle of the Blakean creative artist with form and order, becomes Urizen s intellectual collaborator. Both figures are part of this "prophetic structure of deferred fulfilment" - prophecy and geometry together…”-Prof. David Fairer, University of Leeds

“This is a volume that will be useful to students and to scholars alike. For students, Blake's poems come alive here in all their complexity and [the author] writes in such a way that even the uninitiated can become engaged.”-Prof. George Haggerty, University of California, Riverside

Table of Contents

Foreword. David Fairer


A note on sources

i Introduction: the contrary William Blake?

1 Contrary metaphysics

2 Contraries: the eager uptake of neo-Platonic philosophy

3 Neo-Platonism rejected

4 They reptilise upon the Earth: the limits of the political

5 Blake's contrary religion: from Vala to The Four Zoas - an overview

6 Two early versions of Night the First of The Four Zoas

7 The "final" version of Night the First of The Four Zoas

8 The "fair copy" of The Four Zoas

9 The two Nights the Seventh of The Four Zoas

10 Nights the Eighth and Ninth of The Four Zoas: an unholy apocalypse

11 Milton, Milton and making poetry

12 Jerusalem

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