Κυριακή, 17 Απριλίου 2011

by City Travellers on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 8:13pm

THE TRAVELLER IN THE EVENING - The Last works of William Blake - OXFORD

by City Travellers on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 8:13pm

The structure of Dante's Hell as Blake understood it, is indicated in this diagram he drew, with annotations, in design 101, The circles of Hell, which despite its number is generally recognized as coming fairly early in the Inferno. Here Blake drew a series of ellipses spiraling downward from or upward toward the figure of an angel. The ellipses correspond to the nine circles of Dante’s Hell, and within them Blake has Written the names of the figures he evidently considered most important, along with some other notes, as follows, reading from the bottom up:
Limbo 1 Charon
2 Minos
3 Cerberus
4 Plutus & Phlegyas
5 City of Dis furies& Queen of Endless Woe Lesser Circle Point of the Universe Canto Eleventh line 68
6 Minotaurs The City of Dis Seems to occupy the Space between the fifth &sixth Circles or perhaps it occupies both Circles with its Environs
7 Centaurs Most Likely Dante describes the 7 8& 9 Circles in Canto XI v 1 8 3 Compartments Dante calls them Cerchietti
8 Geryon Malebolge Containing to Gulphs
9 Lucifer Containing 9 Round
On the right side of the drawing Blake wrote some notes that will later help us understand his view of the transition from Hell to Purgatory, while below his diagram, on the left and right sides of the page, he continued his attack on Dante’ s system: It seems as if Dantes supreme Good was something Superior to the Father or Jesus [as] (for) if he gives his rain to the Evil &the Good &his Sun to the just &the Unjust He could never  have Builded Dantes Hell nor the Hell of the Bible neither in the way our Parsons explain it It must have been originally Formed by the devil Him self &So I understand it to have been.
MORTON D. PALEY
by the same author
Apocalypse and Millennium in English Romantic Poetry

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