In 1804 William Blake released his literary classic "Jerusalem." The poem was inspired by a mythological account about a young Jesus on the English coast. The legend is tied to a scriptural scripture in the Book of Revelations in which Jesus is said to build a second Jerusalem. Critics have labeled Blake's work as blasphemous due to its similar theme.
Blake believed that art should serve as a guide for humanity instead of being viewed as entertainment. He wanted his paintings to have a profound impact on their viewers so they would understand the evils of slavery and greed in our society today.
The artist was also influenced by other events such as the French Revolution and the War of 1812. Blake felt that something needed to be done to bring peace to Europe because of all the violence occurring there. In addition, he thought that if America won the war then it would be a sign from God that England had been defeated in France.
Blake used his artwork as a form of protest against religious institutions who were human rights violations. He wanted people to know that religion can be used to justify evil acts while at the same time preventing individuals from living their lives according to their own conscience.
After reading about Blake's ideas on art and religion we can see that they are very similar to those of Martin Luther King Jr.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem is based on a poem published by William Blake in 1804. It is a popular song for both weddings and funerals, and it is still one of the most popular hymns for any Christian celebration. The melody was composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741.
The first two stanzas go as follows:
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that great city
Liv'd beneath the shadow of her mountain reign
While she swayed from sea to sea The earth in peace and glory lay
But now her time has come to die
The third stanza describes how her sins will be forgiven during Jesus' crucifixion, and how he will rise again on the third day. This is why this hymn is appropriate for both a wedding and a funeral. At a wedding, we celebrate love that can endure even death; at a funeral, we remember loved ones who have died.
Jerusalem is also relevant because today's world is becoming more and more divided into countries and cities. Although we should keep peace among nations, in reality we are all living close together and anything that happens in one part of the world affects us all.
Jerusalem is a renowned, prophetic, melancholy, and legendary poem written in 1804 by master William Blake. It may appear to be a patriotic poem, yet it is deceptive. The fact that it is an unofficial national song of England adds to the irony.
The poem is divided into four cantos. Canto I is a vision of hell where Jerusalem is described as a city buried under the blood of martyrs. But even in hell, she still lives in everyone's heart. In canto II, we are told that "the soul of John [i.e., Jesus] the Baptist is crying in Jerusalem". This means that even after 2000 years, Jerusalem is still full of grief and sorrow for her sins. However, hope always prevails over despair. In canto III, Jerusalem is again pictured as a beautiful woman who has been raped by the god Satan. Yet she remains steadfast in her faithfulness to Christ. Finally, in canto IV, we are told that "a little child was sitting on his father's knee. When Jerusalem saw this, she wept". Here Blake is saying that even though Jerusalem has been devastated by war and plagued by sin, her spirit will never die out. No matter how bleak our situation may seem, there is always hope for salvation through Jesus Christ.
Blake believed that only those who had seen or heard God could write about Him.