WILLIAM BLAKE (1757-1827)
William Blake- an artist, writer and visionary.
When Blake's works are read with an open eye and imagination one can gain a deeper insight as to who Blake really is. In todays tutorial, the discussion on "My Vision of Blake" by Allen Ginsburg (519) created a discussion about how the miraculous can be found in everything. It is amazing to see how Ginsburg transforms everyday objects such as cornices, bricks and the blue sky into a state of awe and appreciation, all of which comes from reading the words of Blake. Here we see that it is not the tangible items that are important, he delves further into this concept and draws out the things that individuals seem to take for granted.
This passage that Ginsberg writes reminds me of Blakes art work "Sun God Hyperion", (discussed in tutorial) with all the emotion of the bright and intense colours surrounding one man, the hyperion with a face in resemblence of Blakes- deeming the notion that he is in the centre of all the forces that are surrounding him. The bright yellow sun may highlight the physical notion of a sun- the force which keeps everything going, hence creation, peace and eternity, which is also explained in Ginsbergs "My vision of Blake". Ginsberg states, "I saw into the depths of the universe, simply into the ancient sky. The sky suddenly seemed very ancient. And this was the very ancient place that he was talking about, the sweet golden climb". The 'sweet golden climb' may be initiated through the colour of the golden sun, mirroring the notion of the golden arches and the steps taken entering eternal life, creating a visual realisation.
Blake's works further illustrates various dark tones surrounding the brightness of the sun. This in fact may depict the dark forces being expelled by creation and the evils of society- which further make the sky seem very 'ancient'. The depths of the universe create such an awesome phenomena- the initiation of being "alive unto the creator" seem so distant, due to the distraction and materialism that is sensed within some individuals, being consumed by the tangible and eliminating the immediacy of God from within their lives.
Throughout such an illustration and perspectives of Allen Ginsberg, one may say that Blake enables a greater presence to be sensed in everything... Even in a minute object there is hugeness- "To find heaven in a grain of sand, and eternity within an hour".
Images retrieved from:
2005 The William Blake Archive
Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick and Joseph Viscomi, Editors
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