Blake, Jung and the Collective Unconscious: The Conflict Between Reason and Imagination

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More than ever, the time is ripe for June Singer's penetrating commentary on William Blake's work, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. For even the most devout literary scholars and art historians, much of Blake's mystical visions and writings are perplexing. With his pen and brush, he gave birth to mythological figures and fantastic metaphors. Singer shows us that Blake was actually tapping into the collective unconscious and giving form and voice to primordial psychological energies, or archetypes, that he ...
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Overview

More than ever, the time is ripe for June Singer's penetrating commentary on William Blake's work, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. For even the most devout literary scholars and art historians, much of Blake's mystical visions and writings are perplexing. With his pen and brush, he gave birth to mythological figures and fantastic metaphors. Singer shows us that Blake was actually tapping into the collective unconscious and giving form and voice to primordial psychological energies, or archetypes, that he experienced in his inner and outer world. Blake's writing and art was his personal dialogue between God and his own inner self -- a reconciliation of duality -- in which we can find clues to contemporary issues.

In the 18th century, Blake was a pioneer in finding, nurturing, and celebrating his personal connection with the divine, a search that still appeals to people who are coming to terms with the contemporary struggle between science and spirituality -- the conflict between reason and imagination. With clarity and wisdom, Singer examines the images and words in each plate of Blake's work, applying in her analysis the concepts that C. G. Jung advanced in his psychological theories. There is no more perfect lens with which to look at Blake's work than that of Jung's concepts of the archetypes, the process of individuation, and the mysterium coniunctionis, in which consciousness and the unconscious are united.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780892540518
  • Publisher: Nicolas-Hays, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: A Jung on the Hudson Bk.
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xv
1. Approaching Blake 1
2. The First Half of Life 14
3. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 39
The Twenty-four Plates
Plate 1 Frontispiece 42
Plate 2 The Argument 49
Plate 354
Plate 4 The Voice of the Devil 61
Plates 5-666
Plates 6-772
Plates 6-7 A Memorable Fancy 73
Plates 7-10 Proverbs of Hell 80
Plate 11107
Plates 12-13 A Memorable Fancy 113
Plates 14-15122
Plate 14124
Plate 15 A Memorable Fancy 128
Plates 16-17137
Plates 17-20142
Plates 21-22158
Plates 22-24 A Memorable Fancy 161
A Song of Liberty (Plates 25-27) 172
4. The Bible of Hell 177
The Later Prophetic Writings 177
Visions of the Daughters of Albion 185
The Minor Prophecies 193
The Book of Urizen 194
The Book of Ahania 200
The Song of Los and The Book of Los 200
Europe, A Prophecy 201
America, A Prophecy 204
The Four Zoas 207
Milton 214
Jerusalem 223
5. Sources of Creative Energy 231
6. The Symbol 246
Notes to the Text 248
Bibliography 261
Acknowledgments 267
Index 269
About the Author 273
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