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Category Archives: Urizen’s Tears (10/30)
Christopher Ingle I am not a fan of the idea that Urizen is feeling remorse during “The song of Los.” First, we have to remember that Urizen is the equivalent to the devil. Though he is also a creator, he is also fallen. He uses logic and conventional reason. Here is the problem. reason and […] Continue reading
Urizen’s weeping at the end of William Blake’s section “Asia” in The Song of Los primarily represents the remorse for all his injustices against humanity. However, I disagree that Urizen’s weeping demonstrates the remorse for all his injustices, rather it shows his distraught over the failure of his reason/logic. Also, his distraught over the failure […] Continue reading
Urizen is a key character amongst the world of Blake whom captivates reason and rationality in a dangerous, threatening form. He is defined as “more than what we commonly understand by ‘reason’ as he is the limiter of Energy, the lawmaker, and the avenging conscience.”(Damon, S. Foster. A Blake Dictionary, Dartmouth College Press. Kindle Edition.) […] Continue reading
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
I do not agree with the statement, “Urizen’s weeping at the end of Blake’s “Asia” section in The Song of Los (Plate 7, line 42; p. 112) symbolizes remorse for all his injustices against humanity.” Understanding that Urizen is the embodiment of Satan and only wishes for the demise of humanity, it is unlikely for him to […] Continue reading
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
Commending William Blake for what he’s showcased throughout his work is an understatement. Not only does he provide lucrative characters to symbolize significant aspects of his world view, but he also implements them to compare and contrast with your perception of what’s right or wrong. Throughout The Song of Los within the Asia section, Blake’s character Urizen is what […] Continue reading
In reference to Urizen’s tears in Blake’s work, “The Songs of Los,” signifies a rather triumphant war over the world specifically binding all of Earth’s human dwellers centering around Africa. So, I disagree that Urizen’s tears are due to his remorse, but rather his seemingly apparent triumph over the imaginary, the contradictory, the radical, and […] Continue reading
I do not believe that Urizen’s weeping at the end of Blake’s Asia section in The Song of Los (Plate 7, line 42; p. 112) symbolizes remorse for all his injustices against humanity. He is the embodiment of Satan where all he wants to achieve is the corruption of humanity and to bring them all to […] Continue reading
Amidst the extensive sea of William Blake mythology and lore is Urizen, a key character that represents the logical half of Blake’s dual fundamentals that consist of reason and imagination. While he spreads new knowledge is some areas of the world, he is also notorious for “spreading despair” which alludes to his eventual “downfall into […] Continue reading