This work is classified under Philosophical Idealism & Arts and Charts. In time, this post will include an examination of the perspective offered by Blake.
The historical city of Jerusalem serves as God’s lightning rod upon Earth. Understanding that city’s history helps students of theology with their comprehension of the Bible. Philosophers, on occasion, likewise focus on Jerusalem as a canvas upon which God paints. William Blake’s work “Jerusalem” will serve as the first entry into our new website’s Philosophy section.
Jerusalem is here the symbolic residence of a humanity freed of the inter-related chains of commerce, British imperialism, and war. Blake’s “mental fight” is directed against these chains. In his Blake: Prophet Against Empire, David Erdman tells us that Blake’s “dark, Satanic Mills” are “mills that produce dark metal, iron and steel, for diabolic purposes . . . . London . . . was a war arsenal and the hub of the machinery of war, and Blake uses the symbol in that sense.”
Jerusalem was set to music quite movingly by composer Hubert Parry in 1916, and has since seen many variations, ranging from the magisterial to the rousing.
“There is a Void, outside of Existence, which if enterd into
Englobes itself & becomes a Womb”