Degree Year


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




Molly Anne Marks


William Blake, Jerusalem


This thesis by no means exhausts the possible ways in which word and image combine to form Jerusalem. The discussions are intended to illuminate how parody is expressed in the designs although many other aspects of the plates could be examined. I have selected those plates which show most clearly that the recognition of the relationship between parody and vision, error and truth, is for Blake essential to man's renovation. Beginning with simple examples. I will conclude with a consideration of the five full plate designs which form a frame for Jerusalem. I will concentrate on the designs but the text will also be important. Design and text often combine to create meaning, and the relationships developed between images in the design often correspond to relationships between phenomena suggested in the text. However, a comprehensive and detailed reading of Jerusalem is beyond the scope of this paper.