Proverbs of Hell[ edit ] Plate from Marriage of Heaven and Hell Unlike that of Milton or Dante, Blake's conception of Hell begins not as a place of punishment, but as a source of unrepressed, somewhat Dionysian energy, opposed to the authoritarian and regulated perception of Heaven.
We may even have someone like him in our family.
You know that uncle that you never really hear from who only comes around for Thanksgiving? The one who spends the whole dinner telling everyone about his business making personalized tennis ball cozies out of alpaca wool? The one who, after dessert, entertains everyone by covering his favorite Metallica songs on the accordion?
Sure you do—we all know someone like this. What we mean is that William Blake—like most memorable people in our lives—was a little… off. Born in in London, Blake was, from the get-go, a fellow who did his own thing.
He told his parents how he saw visions and angels, and so—being cool parents—they promptly shipped him off to art school. Soon after, he began writing poetry.
You see, the mid-to-late s were a pretty rambunctious time to be in London. For starters, in the s something called the "American Revolution" was going on across the Atlantic. Not too long after that, the French Revolution kicked off.
In both cases, Blake was considered a political radical. He railed against the tyranny of kings and in favor of individual liberty. Instead, he combined his poetic, artistic, and political ideas together to create his own illustrated copper engravings, combining his original words and images.
One such example of this illustrated writing was The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Well, "religion" is probably not the best way to put it.
Blake was not someone who was into organized church going. At the age of four, Blake told his parents that he saw God poke His head through his window—though no word if God asked Blake to borrow a cup of sugar. And—like many of his fellow Romantic writers—Blake never really outgrew this kind of visionary spiritualism.
A lot of his poetry, in fact, focuses on the direct relationship between the individual and God, without any of those pesky religious rules getting in the way. To get the full picture, you should know that Blake used this book to respond to a book by the Swedish philosopher and theologian, Emmanuel Swedenborg.
Swedenborg wrote a book called Heaven and Hellin which he laid out in painstaking detail what the afterlife looked like. Good people were up in Heaven; bad people were down in Hell. This is a classic Blake production that delivers all the hallmarks of his work.
We have art—the original appeared with illustrations on engraved copper plates. We have politics—check out our "Detailed Summary" for more. And, yes, we have a heaping helping of spirituality.
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While we like to lump things into categories—especially oppositional ones —the reality is usually a bit more complicated. Or have you been a bad person every step of the way? Could we say the same about… anyone, really?
Yet, for being such complex creatures, we humans seem to have a pretty cut-and-dry idea of morality and the afterlife: He celebrated the nuances, complexities, and even hypocrisies of every human being. He saw that it really took two to tango, that the oppositional forces of good and evil both were actually what made us human.
In the end, this book reminds us, what we really are is Team Human.And this, Shmoopers, is essentially what The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is about. To get the full picture, you should know that Blake used this book to respond to a book by the Swedish philosopher and theologian, Emmanuel Swedenborg.
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, eh? I read C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce before I read this, and I think his preface there sums up my thoughts on the work:Blake wrote The Marriage of Heaven and Hell/5. William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: There are nine known copies of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, the third of Blake's illuminated books.
It was probably begun in and completed in (click on the highlighted plate numbers to see the illuminated pages). The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell by William Blake..
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'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell' is the most overt statement Blake ever wrote in prose of his beliefs and the radical/5(50). The Marriage of Heaven and Hell By William Blake As I analyze the poem, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” written by William Blake, I instantly know for sure that “The more things change, the more they stay the same”. This poem was written in and, if the reader was unaware of the year in.