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Comments on the book's preface and William Blake's "Marriage

Re: Comments on the book's preface and William Blake's "Marr

Postby Matthew Whaley » 13 May 2010, 03:05

I don't think that Lewis stated that Blake was in "disasterous error;" what I think Lewis means is that there is an attempt by human beings to make the marriage of Heaven and Hell something perpetual, stable, and permanent: that the belief that all roads lead to Heaven is in fact the "disasterous error." Although Blake writes The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Lewis admits that he does not feel he knows what Blake actually means. The ambiguity makes for great poetry and we can see into it many different things. William Blake was not a big fan of institutional religion, the monarchy , or capitalism. His writings were meant to provoke thought and alert his readers to the evils perpetrated by the powers and authorities of eighteenth century London in the hope of helping the poor and improving their living conditions.
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Re: Comments on the book's preface and William Blake's "Marr

Postby Nerd42 » 13 May 2010, 17:47

paminala wrote:In contrast to Blake's "Marriage" Lewis does not clearly name the parties to his “Great Divorce.”
Yes he does. The Great Divorce is the divorce between heaven and hell.
C. S. Lewis wrote:"Blake wrote the Marriage of Heaven and Hell. If I have written of their Divorce,"
Clearly "their" refers to the previous sentence - heaven and hell. I don't really see how any other view of the meaning of the title could be defended. If you say it's the divorce between God and Satan or Man and God, that is just the same concept in different words I believe.

I don't mean to criticize the rest of what you said but just wanted to clear that up.
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Re: Comments on the book's preface and William Blake's "Marr

Postby Nerd42 » 13 May 2010, 19:12

OK I started a thread on the first chapter. :)
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