Degree Year

1973

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Advisor(s)

Robert Longsworth

Keywords

Four Zoas, William Blake

Abstract

In The Four Zoas, Blake wages mental war against nature and mystery, reason and tyranny. As a dream in nine nights, the world of The Four Zoas illustrates an unreal world which nevertheless represents the real world to Albion, the dreamer. The dreamer is Blake's archetypal and eternal man; he has fallen asleep among the flowers of Beulah. The world he dreams of is a product of his own physical laziness and mental lassitude. In this world, his faculties vie with each other for power until the ascendance of Los, the imaginative shaper. Los heralds the apocalypse, Albion reawakes, and the world takes on once again its original eternal and infinite form.

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