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Blade Runner’s Fallen Angels

Blade Runner’s Fallen Angels

The film Blade Run­ner is hugely suc­cess­ful, but what does it mean? As the makers hint, the key is to watch it through the eyes of Wil­li­am Blake and his myth­o­logy of liberation.

Blake and the Mad Crew: The Ranters and the Historians

Blake and the Mad Crew: The Ranters and the Historians

While A L Mor­ton thought Blake may have read the work of the Ranter, Abiez­er Coppe, mod­ern his­tor­i­ans say there is no evid­ence of Blake being famil­i­ar with Ranter texts. How much do Blake’s ideas over­lap with The Ranters? I look at the Jus­ti­fic­a­tion of the Mad Crew (1650) to compare.

William Blake as a Revolutionary Poet

William Blake as a Revolutionary Poet

Few could deny that Wil­li­am Blake sup­por­ted the rad­ic­al polit­ics of his time, yet revolu­tion­ary ideas were not an adjunct to his vis­ion­ary geni­us, but the liv­ing heart of it as a poet.

Serge Arnoux’s Mirror of Blake

Serge Arnoux’s Mirror of Blake

An ana­lys­is of the recently dis­covered engrav­ings by Serge Arnoux illus­trat­ing Wil­li­am Blake’s ‘Pro­verbs of Hell’, with a dis­cus­sion of sur­real­ism and Blake, and the impact of Moravi­an­ism on Blake’s idea of faith, sexu­al­ity, free­dom and religion.

Milton’s L’Allegro on Blake’s Day

Milton’s L’Allegro on Blake’s Day

To cel­eb­rate Blake’s birth­day, here is one of his illus­tra­tions for Milton’s L’Al­legro, along with the poem itself, which seems suited to the mood fo the day. 

The Heptones: Mystery Babylon

The Heptones: Mystery Babylon

Thy pur­pose & the pur­pose of thy Priests & of thy Churches
Is to impress on men the fear of death; to teach
Trem­bling & fear, ter­ror, con­stric­tion: abject selfishness.
Mine is to teach Men to des­pise death & to go on
In fear­less majesty anni­hil­at­ing Self, laugh­ing to scorn
Thy Laws & terrors

The Tyger and Violence

The Tyger and Violence

The Tyger is poten­tially the Led Zep­pelin of Blake poems — brash, bom­bast­ic and unnerv­ingly suc­cess­ful. It is sup­posedly the most antho­lo­gised poem in the Eng­lish lan­guage — sta­di­um poetry, if you like. Your chil­dren will prob­ably come across it at school. Along with the Parry’s ver­sion of Jer­u­s­alem, this is the Blake that people know. 

Iain Sinclair: Blake’s Radicalism

Iain Sinclair: Blake’s Radicalism

Iain Sin­clair explores the his­tor­ic­al back­ground to Wil­li­am Blake’s rad­ic­al writ­ings. Filmed on the South Bank of the River Thames, Vaux­hall, London.

Mike Pence, Ecological Disaster, and Blake’s The Fly

Mike Pence, Ecological Disaster, and Blake’s The Fly

At the tele­vised Vice-Pres­id­en­­tial debate last week with Kamala Har­ris, Mike Pence spec­tac­u­larly ignored the fly that came to rest very pub­licly on his head. This act of wil­ful ignor­ance crowned Pence’s role at the side of Don­ald Trump as ‘the man who pre­ten­ded not to notice‘.

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