The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake - Book 1, Book 1 : Chapter 4, Jerusalem Summary & Analysis

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Book 1, Book 1 : Chapter 4, Jerusalem Summary

Here the author has created another work designed to be complete in itself. The author gives some account of his intentions in the heading that he uses, when he refers to the city as an emanation.

The setting is Albion. This entire work may best be understood as a cultural and psychological piece. England was quite strong as a nation during Blake's lifetime and only became more so before it waned. However, Blake chooses to employ the ancient strength of the country as well. To do so, he calls upon the powers of his own nation as Albion, rather than Britain.

A natural side effect is that he conjures the powers of Druidry. This lore includes the perception that in a healthy Albion, with the Bards, Druids and mighty oak groves, the power is far greater than...

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