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Examining William Blake's poetry in relation to the mythographic tradition of the eighteenth century and emphasizing the British discovery of Hindu literature, David Weir argues that Blake's mythic system springs from the same rich historical context that produced the Oriental Renaissance. That context includes republican politics and dissenting theology-two interrelated developments that help elucidate many of the obscurities of Blake's poetry and explain much of its intellectual energy. Weir shows how Blake's poetic career underwent a profound development as a result of his exposure to Hindu mythology. By combining mythographic insight with republican politics and Protestant dissent, Blake devised a poetic system that opposed the powers of Church and King. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Weir is Associate Professor on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is the author of Anarchy and Culture: The Aesthetic Politics of Modernism; James Joyce and the Art of Mediation; and Decadence and the Making of Modernism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791458180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791458181
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,567,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Taratara on February 26, 2015
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Blake was a Christian who may have been aware of some Vedic books, it's true--he also was indebted to Kabbalah, Egyptian and other symbolism, a bogus "ancient" epic, and much more. But the author of this book wants to make Blake primarily influenced by Hindu precepts. The arguments are not convincing. Some things are universal, and Eternity is vast, as Blake himself knew. Two stars for at least being thorough on the topic.
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