Jerusalem (Illuminated Manuscript with the Original Illustrations of William Blake)

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The poem was inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus, accompanied by his uncle Joseph of Arimathea, a tin merchant, travelled to what is now England and visited Glastonbury during the unknown years of Jesus. The legend is linked to an idea in the Book of Revelation describing a Second Coming, wherein Jesus establishes a new Jerusalem. The Christian Church in general, and the English Church in particular, has long used Jerusalem as a metaphor for Heaven, a place of universal love and peace.
In the most common interpretation of the poem, Blake implies that a visit by Jesus would briefly create heaven in England, in contrast to the "dark Satanic Mills" of the Industrial Revolution. Blake's poem asks questions rather than asserting the historical truth of Christ's visit. Thus the poem merely implies that there may, or may not, have been a divine visit, when there was briefly heaven in England.
William Blake (1757 - 1827) was a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books. Blake proclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the 18th-century. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.



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William Blake

William Blake (1757 - 1827) est un poète, peintre et graveur anglais. Méconnu de son vivant, Blake est aujourd'hui considéré comme une
figure majeure de la poésie et des arts visuels de l'âge romantique. Bien qu'il ait vécu à Londres toute sa vie, il a produit une oeuvre diverse et
symboliquement riche. Peu reconnu par ses contemporains, il est aujourd'hui tenu en haute estime pour son expressivité et sa créativité, ainsi que pour les courants philosophiques et mystiques qui irriguent son oeuvre. Chrétien engagé, hostile à l'Église d'Angleterre, Blake a été influencé dans sa jeunesse par les idéaux et les ambitions des révolutions française et américaine, avant de déchanter.

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