Category Archives: The Song of Los

Good or Evil or Good and Evil

I argue that in the conclusion of William Blake’s “Asia” in The Song of Los, Urizen’s weeping represents his remorse for the injustices he commited against humanity. In “Asia,” Urizen is flying over Europe when his “Books of brass iron & gold / Melted over the land as he flew” (Plate 7, line 14-15; p. […] Continue reading

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Beyond Urizen: Breaking the “Philosophy of Five Senses”

Urizen’s tears at the end of “Asia” in The Song of Los are the result of his failure to preserve his strict, limiting dominion on the world, rather than remorse for his actions. To maintain the laws that bind humans to reason, he bestows a “Philosophy of Five Senses… into the hands of Newton & […] Continue reading

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Re-volution or the End of History?

For this Wednesday (10/23), students have the option to write a post on ONE of the four prompt questions: 1. Why does Blake deviate from the Biblical account in making Adam and Noah contemporaries? (SoL, Plate 3; 6, 7; p. 109)   2. What is the significance of Urizen’s weeping at the end of “Asia”? (Plate 7, line […] Continue reading

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