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The valley of vision : Blake as prophet and revolutionary

Author: Peter F Fisher; Northrop Frye
Publisher: [Toronto] : University of Toronto Press, 1961.
Series: Studies and texts (University of Toronto. Department of English), no. 9.
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The author of this important contribution to the study of Blake was tragically drowned in a sailing accident when he had almost completed it in manuscript. His was a critical mind of singular erudition and power. As is abundantly evidenced in these chapters which Northrop Frye has prepared for publication. Fisher had made a careful study of Oriental philosophy and of Plato and the Neo-Platonists and this background  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Blake; William Blake; William Blake; William Blake
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter F Fisher; Northrop Frye
ISBN: 9781487595241 1487595247
OCLC Number: 1004770695
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The prohetic reprobate --
The circle of destiny --
The allegory of the church --
Reason and the new science --
The critique of vision --
Enthusiasm and the romatic revolt --
Visionary politics --
Genius and imagination : the alchemy of vision --
The prelude to prophecy --
Human exisitance : the epic theme --
Natural existence : the selfhood.
Series Title: Studies and texts (University of Toronto. Department of English), no. 9.
Responsibility: by Peter F. Fisher ; edited by Northrop Frye.
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The author of this important contribution to the study of Blake was tragically drowned in a sailing accident when he had almost completed it in manuscript. His was a critical mind of singular erudition and power. As is abundantly evidenced in these chapters which Northrop Frye has prepared for publication. Fisher had made a careful study of Oriental philosophy and of Plato and the Neo-Platonists and this background enabled him to make an original and fruitful analysis of his central interest, Blake. The book is not a study of Blake's sources but of his context. The author is trying to answer the question: given Blake's general point of view, why does he make the specific judgments he does make, judgments which so often seem merely glib or petulant or perverse. Blake himself, in explaining a painting, remarked: "It ought to be understood that the Persons, Moses & Abraham, are not here meant, but the States Signified by those Names." Fisher explains what Blake meant by "states," and shows that such names as Plato, Bacon or Newton, or such terms as "priest" or "deist" in Blake's writings, refer not to individuals but to cultural forces in Western civilization, the influence of which accounted for the social conditions that Blake attacked. The attack itself, Fisher shows, was based on a revolutionary dialectic, a sense of the underlying opposition between reactionaries committed to obscurantism and social injustice, the "Elect" as Blake calls them, and the prophets committed to a greater vision (the "Reprobate"), with the mass of the public (the "Redeemed") in between.

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