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Blake's Jerusalem As Visionary Theatre
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Blake's Jerusalem As Visionary Theatre: Entering the Divine Body

Susanne M. Sklar

Abstract

William Blake says Jerusalem is written to move readers from a solely rational way of being (called Ulro) to one that is highly imaginative (called Eden/Eternity), and that each word in it is chosen to suit ‘the mouth of a true Orator’. Rational interpretation is of limited use when reading this multifaceted poem. But considering Jerusalem as visionary theatre — an imaginative performance in which characters, settings, and imagery are not confined by mundane space and time — allows readers to enjoy the coherence of its delightful complexities. With his characters, Blake's readers can participa ... More

Keywords: apocalypse, Blake, characters, Divine Body, erotic, forgiveness, interconnect, Jerusalem, transfigured, visionary theatre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199603145
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603145.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susanne M. Sklar, author
Assistant Professor, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI; Cumnor Fellowship, Oxford

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