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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
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May 04, 12

bookshelves: for-school, poetry
Read from April 20 to 21, 2012

This, quite frankly, is one of the greatest pieces of literature I’ve ever read—in fact, extend 'literature' to include philosophy and theology as well. It's mad, complicated, mystical... suffice to say, it's essentially mind-expanding.

Works of genius, I find, fall under two basic categories: those that form the pinnacle of a particular genre; and those that, more generally, push the very limits of human achievement. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is genius in the latter sense.

A facsimile edition of this work is a must: as Blake’s words are an extension of his images, and vice versa. (The one put out by Dover has the advantage of being inexpensive, and, crucially, in full colour.)

Also, for further reading: check out Harold Bloom's intriguing (short) essay, "Dialectic in the Marriage of Heaven and Hell."
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