16. March 2010 · Comments Off on Blake’s God · Categories: Society News

6.30pm 25 May 2010
The City of Westminster Archives Centre
10 St. Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE – just off Parliament Square

Simeon Gallu
Blake’s God

Asked by a jazz fan what he did if he hit a wrong note, the great Louis Armstrong replied ‘Oh, I turn it into a pretty little thing.’  This talk attempts to do something like that with a vexing question left glittering in the rubble of a graduate thesis on Blake & Milton: ‘What does Blake mean by God?’ Crabb Robinson found it ‘hard to fix Blake’s station between Christianity, Platonism & Spinozism.’  Blake has been variously co-opted as an atheist, a pious Christian, Satanist, Kabbalist or Tantric adept.  Any inquiry worthy of the question must begin by stating ‘none of the above.’

Simeon Gallu, a member of the Society, is a lover of William Blake and a writer & translator living in Paris.

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