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  • Blake's Urizen

    Hear the voice of the Bard!
    Who present, past, and future, sees;
    Whose ears have heard
    The Holy Word
    That walk'd among the ancient trees,

    Calling the lapsèd soul,
    And weeping in the evening dew;
    That might control
    The starry pole,
    And fallen, fallen light renew!

    These pages include a variety of things from mandatory readings for my English students to supplementary materials and links which could be useful (not to mention exciting, awe- inspiring, wisdom-revealing, and even divinely useless) to any student with an interest in literature and all that goes into the making of literature.

    [Note: The picture above is of Urizen, the force of Reason, who draws confining circles with his compass which we submit to at our peril. Separated from Los, the poetic principle of Imagination, Urizen can be a dangerous force indeed (Iago and Edmund come to mind). The lines on the right are the first two stanzas of Blake's Introduction to his Songs of Experience. It is the somewhat vain and overreaching purpose of this course to experience language as "Holy Word", distinguishing it from its ordinary rhetorical designs. So, while picture does not illustrate poem, each is connected to the other through the larger vision of Blake.]

    Thanks goes to Pavan Kumar for getting this site operational
    Send comments to Brian Bauld, who has just retired from Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, Nova Scotia, in the summer of 2003.

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