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Jerusalem - The Emanation of the Giant Albion

Jerusalem - The Emanation of the Giant Albion by William Blake
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Jerusalem - The Emanation of the Giant Albion is a complex and deeply symbolic work by William Blake that delves into themes of spirituality, politics, and the nature of reality. The book is a fascinating exploration of the human experience and the quest for truth and meaning in a chaotic world.

Blake's writing is rich and poetic, drawing the reader into a mystical realm where the boundaries between the physical and spiritual worlds blur. The narrative is dense and enigmatic, with layers of symbolism and allegory that invite multiple interpretations.

One of the most striking aspects of Jerusalem is its vivid imagery and powerful language. Blake's illustrations are equally stunning, adding an extra dimension to the text and enhancing the reader's understanding of the story.

Overall, Jerusalem - The Emanation of the Giant Albion is a challenging but rewarding read that will appeal to readers interested in philosophy, mythology, and the power of the imagination. Blake's vision is both grand and intimate, offering a unique perspective on the mysteries of existence.

Book Description:
The epic poem Jerusalem was in Blake's own opinion his masterpiece. It is the last of the great prophetic books. Originally produced as an engraved book of 100 pages (only one copy of which was every fully finished in the colouring), the poem develops and unifies many of the themes Blake had been exploring in earlier works. It is a complex and powerful work, full of dramatic imagery and sublime poetry. You might think of it like a poetic version of a Wagner opera. This is poetry as if your life depended on it. It is amazing how contemporary to us it feels if you compare it to what was being produced at the time. You can see in this work how it has inspired writers like Phillip Pullman in his Northern Lights trilogy. The edition read here is the first printed version of the poem - which was impossibly hard to read in the original. This then was the first opportunity to really explore it. In his introduction Blake implies that the way to experience this work is to read it aloud rather than in your head. I can only agree and this opens another dimension to what was alreay a textual and pictorial artwork.

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