Tag: William Blake

“I have conversed with the Spiritual Sun. I saw him on Primose Hill”. William Blake w/ Mark Vernon

Some thoughts on William Blake and cleansing the doors of perception from the vantage of Primose Hill, London. For more of Mark on Blake and others see his talks or his YouTube channel.

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JERUSALEM. Lament, tragedy, invocation, cry? William Blake and the play that forgets his name

An audio version of this talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, starring Mark Rylance, is brilliant. But what can be made of its violence and passion, humour and hedonism, tragedy

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William Blake and the Psychedelic Renaissance. Seven facets of cultural transformation

Am MP3 version of this talk is at my podcast, Thoughts and Talks, available via podcast feeds. William Blake is famous for his phrase “cleansing the doors of perception”. But he has much, much more to offer the renewed interest

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The Road of Excess Leads to the Palace of Wisdom. William Blake on desire, attention and wanting it all

An MP3 version of the talk is on my Thoughts and Talks podcast, available via your podcast feed. “More! More! is the cry of a mistaken soul, less than All cannot satisfy Man,” wrote William Blake. How we might participate

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William Blake and learning from Covid. On dying before you die

This essay is published by Beshara Magazine. The pandemic is said to have exposed modern society to its vulnerabilities. Nowhere is this exposure clearer than in relation to death. Covid has revealed that, nowadays, most people have inadequate ways of

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Forging Golgonooza. William Blake on how to do politics & religion

Politics and religion is a question of our times. The role of the church and Christianity is contested in both Russia and the liberal West. William Blake was aware of the failure of politics in his time, recognising it wasn’t

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Easter according to William Blake. Resurrection is neither miracle nor mystery

An MP3 version of this talk can be found on my Talks and Thoughts podcast, available via your feed. Is the resurrection a miracle? Are the events of Golgotha a mystery? And what of the resurrection of the body and

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William Blake, Albion and War in Europe

An MP3 version of this talk is at my Talks and Thoughts via your podcast feed. I turned to William Blake seeking hope and found a remarkably accurate account of our times and his, lived during the Napoleonic Wars. Albion

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Contraries and Human Existence – William Blake and Cleansing the Doors of Perception

An MP3 of this talk, though without images, can be found on my Talks and Thoughts podcast via your podcast feed. Perception is cleansed in the struggles of life, William Blake realised, as his own life was lived between heaven

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William Blake and the Metaverse – The Mental Fight to be a Person

An MP3 version of this talk is at my stream Thoughts and Talks, which should be in your podcast feed. The hard problem of consciousness. Imagination as an “overheated brain”. A future in the Cloud or Metaverse. William Blake was

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