The second of Blake’s “Continental Prophecies” (see also America and The Song of Los), Europe presents in mythopoeic form the fundamental philosophical positions in conflict in Blake’s revolutionary era. Historical events are reconfigured into their universalized representations through Blake’s own cast of characters, including Enitharmon, the female personification of fallen nature and history, Orc, the spirit of revolt, and Los and Urizen, the “Eternals” who would become central to Blake’s mythic system of the “Zoas.” These contending forces lead beyond political revolution to an apocalypse of biblical scope. Only copies H and K contain pl. 3, a whimsical prefatory statement about the poem’s origin.(Text from the William Blake Archive, with thanks.)

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