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Spiritual HistoryA Reading of William Blake's Vala or The Four Zoas$
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Andrew Lincoln

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183143.001.0001

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A Christian Vision

A Christian Vision

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Spiritual History

Andrew Lincoln

Oxford University Press

This chapter concentrates on the third stage of reading Blake's poem. It considers the narrative as a whole, with particular focus on the elaborate providential framework of the poem. Parts of the poem that are considered in this chapter are the basic texts of Nights VIIb, VIII, and IX. In this chapter, the complicated revision and Blake's change of mind is discussed and analyzed through the perceived modifications of his poem. His ninth Night contain passages that directly refer to Jesus and which seemed to reflect a significant part of the history of Jesus that Blake introduced to the rest of the revised parts of his poem. This chapter focuses on the comprehensive history of Jesus which is included by Blake in his move to revise his already completed transcription of the ‘Dream’.

Keywords:   providential framework, revision, change of mind, ninth Night, history of Jesus

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