"As all men are alike (tho' infinitely various) So all Religions" On the Philosophical and Religious Underpinnings of William Blake's Cosmogony

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Date: Annual 2017
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 7,078 words

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Moving from the Christian religion to the West occult tradition, Blake's religious syncretism emerges from a deep symbolic and thematic plot. This article aims to analyse how this dual religious and philosophical tradition may have played on Blake's thought and to what extent it is possible to envisage in his poetical system a transmigration of symbols both from Christian doctrine and Cabalistic tradition. Particular attention will be devoted to the analysis of the Prophetic Books, in which Blake performed a cosmogony inhabited by Oriental deities, druids, and Old Testament characters. Keywords: Christian doctrine, Creation, Kabbalah, Prophetic Books, William Blake

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A540796923