The Elaboration of Los(s)
This chapter analyses William Blake's illustration for Edward Young's poem Night-Thoughts. The proof engraving that begins in the Fourth, or the fourth chapter, illustrated Young's attempt to revitalize his ailing daughter Narcissa. It depicted a diminutive woman emerging from a sunflower. This chapter suggests that the plight of Young, faced with the death of Narcissa, can be related to Los' plight in Blake's The Four Zoas in the aftermath of the collapse of Urizen's worlds. It discusses the absence of a supernatural power in Blake's poem that restored equilibrium between heaven and hell and the struggle between the Zoas that brought the fallen world to the verge of dissolution.
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