We have already strayed into the territory this chapter will investigate. We have made passing references to the two ‘Chimney Sweeper’ poems, for example, and we have begun analysing Blake’s criticisms of the established Church, which he saw as a hypocritical institution supporting a corrupt and unjust status quo. So we know that Blake held subversive beliefs, and was indignantly angry at injustice, oppression and tyranny. In this chapter we will begin by studying seven of the Innocence and Experience poems, then move on to look at extracts from three of the Prophetic Books — The Marriage ofHeaven and Hell again, as well as The First Book of Urizen and Europe, A Prophecy.
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