This semester was an invitation to explore the wonderful world of William Blake and also to do a detour to the artists, Brett Whiteley, the painter of “Alchemy” and David Malouf, author of “Remembering Babylon“.
On an emotional level, Brett Whiteley’s work of art: “Alchemy”, is still vibrating in every cell of my body, till today. I find admirable the ability he has for depicting what happens inside of him. Not only he seriously suffers the downside of addiction but as a true artist, he struggles considerably as he tries to grasp the meaning of life. On an intellectual level, David Malouf’s view of “what is a writer” allowed me to discover an interesting aspect of the genre of fiction. This opened my eyes, widely. I particularly loved the fact that Malouf uses Babylon and Jerusalem as metaphors to describe the place in which we live within ourselves, depending on our personal view of what the meaning of life is all about. What about you; do you like to think you live in Babylon or in Jerusalem?
Then, on the spiritual side, there is my friend William Blake, who I attempted, with all my heart, to understand in essence. I believe his texts carrying a sacred meaning and throughout this semester I have been delving through many of his writings:
Songs of Innocence and Experience was obviously a good starting point, as it asks whether the meaning of Good and Evil can be transcended or not? Then, in my entry called “A weak god”, I attempted to offer a creative interpretation, defending Blake’s personal view of god, completely different from that of the mainstream interpretation of the bible. That was the turning point and an invitation to explore the mystical side of Blake. On this matter, I hope that extrapolating on my celestial piece of poetry will allow the reader to get a glimpse of Blake’s vision! Afterwards, in analysing The Argument of Marriage of Heaven and Hell, I make an assessment of the way that Good and Evil are intricate in a way such that they cannot be separated one from each other. In this view, we shall ask ourselves: what, exactly, is a “just man”? In the end, I try to explain why Blake can be considered a Gnostic and following this logic, I make my case exposing the doubtful historical existence of Jesus.
Well, I do not know if I have really found the answers I was looking for, but, for sure, it was an exciting journey. And, for sure, I do feel that my perceptions are cleansed from the mundane rubbish of modern societies. Today, I feel confident exploring further Blake’s Visionary Imagination on my own, while continuing walking on the path of my spiritual revolution!
Thank you, Michael, for this fantastic journey!
And thank you, all the class : )