The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Essay

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The Marriage of Heaven & Hell William Blake & The Romantic Period We, as members of the human race, have been endowed with five senses. We have the ability to reason and to be reasonable. We are able to present, receive, and mentally process information logically. The period in history when the importance of these innate functions was stressed is known as the "Age of Reason," or the Enlightenment. Also important to this age was the use of science, scientific methods, and theories. This period in history lasted until roughly 1774. The Romantic Period followed period of Enlightenment. This age was the exact opposite of the Enlightenment. Tremendous importance was placed on the imagination. The authors, poets, and artists of…show more content…
The most significant example of Blake's illustration of the prophetic is his ‘conversation' with Isaiah and Ezekiel – two biblical prophets/poets (12-13). Blake then becomes prophet himself in Plate 14 when claims to have heard from hell that, "The ancient tradition that the world will be consumed in fire at the end of six thousand years is true." This ‘prophecy' is based on 2 Peter 3:8 of the Christian Bible. The romantic period is also characterized by motifs that are almost always present. One that is extremely prevalent in Blake' The Marriage of Heaven & Hell is the cult of genius. According to the poets of the Romantic Era, one had to possess poetic genius in order to be a poet. Blake refers to this a lot in this particular poem. For example, in Plate 6, he says, "As I was walking among the fires of hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius:. . ." Blake, like most of the poets in this era, had no problem admitting that they were "poetic geniuses." Actually, they prided in this idea. Another motif that is often found in the literature of this era is nature, or nostalgia. There are references to nature just about everywhere you look in this poem. The first few are located in the first plate. Blake references roses where thorns grow, a river, a spring, singing honeybees, and the wilds where lions roam. There can also be found constant references to nature in the "Proverbs of Hell," especially those in Plate 7. Even
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