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|Named Person:||William Blake; William Blake; William (1757-1827) Blake; William Blake|
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|Description:||xvi, 322 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Pt. I. The Copperplate Text. 1. A History of the Cosmos --
Pt. II. A Dream of Nine Nights. 2. Breaking the Bounds of Destiny. 3. A Vision of Progress. 4. The Progress of Prophecy. 5. The Progress of Reason. 6. The Human Abstract. 7. The Progress of Empire. 8. The Last Judgement --
Pt. III. The Major Revisions. 9. A Christian Vision --
Pt. IV. Final Changes. 10. Buried Beneath the Ruins --
Appendix 1 A Note on the Illustrations --
Appendix 2 Interim Revisions --
Appendix 3 The Gardens of Vala --
Appendix 4 Two Textual Problems.
Spiritual History presents a much-needed introduction to The Four Zoas, a guide which will also be of great interest to those already familiar with the poem. This is the first full-length study to examine in detail Blake's numerous manuscript revisions. It offers a staged reading, one that moves, as Blake himself moved, from simpler to more complex forms of writing. Andrew Lincoln reads the poem in the light of two competing views of history: the biblical, which places history within the framework of Fall and Judgement, and that of the enlightenment, which sees history in terms of progress from primitive life to civil order. His reading offers an account of the poem that is more coherent - and accessible - than many previous accounts. Blake's much misunderstood poem emerges as the most extraordinary product of the eighteenth-century tradition of philosophical history.
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