In response to the question: 1. Why does Blake deviate from the Biblical account in making Adam and Noah contemporaries? (SoL, Plate 3; 6, 7; p. 109)

I recently looked at Milton’s Paradise Lost in another class this semester. It seems that a divine viewpoint–from Los the Poetic Genius–has been applied to the poem, meaning that past, present, and future can be viewed at the same time. The fact that Adam and Noah along with so many other events across time have been placed on a similar ‘plane’ is the ability of Los to see time and retell a vast history, but to also foresee a prophetic future.

I am assuming that this adoption of a divine vision is Blake’s attempt to give authority to his character, Los, as he reveals his prophecy of the course of humanity and revolution. I am curious to see, though, how much power Blake actually gives to Los, if he believes that he is more powerful than Urizen. Blake structures his Song of Los with Africa (the beginning of humanity) and Asia (the end of humanity). This structure seems to echo God’s quote in Revelations–“I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending.”

Taking this biblical echo into consideration, it makes more sense why Adam and Noah are placed together, although, in actuality, they are temporally separated. Blake seems to make Los the closest thing to a scriptural conception of God, that he is at  all places all the time. This is a subtle foreshadowing of Los’s ultimate triumph over Urizen and the resurrection of humanity signifying a victory in the formation, of what appears to be, the New Jerusalem–ultimately confirmed by the final line: “Urizen Wept” (112).Do you agree with this? Is Los truly the all-powerful and does he actually overthrow Urizen through revolution?

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