And the seven Angels instruct Lucifer, the symbol of systematized reason.

In Milton A Poem, the reader really is introduced to the fullness of Blake’s poetic message of internal revolution.  “Book The Second’s” section 35/32 (on pg. 189-190) explains this message in the form of angels instructing Lucifer.  “We were angels of the Divine Presence…compelled to combine into Form by Satan….Both Divine Humanity & Mercy gave us a Human form” (Pg, 189).  Here, the angels, Blake’s speakers, are promoting the knowledge that what we are at the base of existence is divinity and mercy but that another form has layered itself upon this base.  Blake demands we get back to this base ceasing “Satan’s mathematic Holiness” (Pg, 189).

Blake presents Satan, or the identity manifested, as rationalizing itself holy and “calling the Human Imagination…madness & Blasphemy” (Pg, 189).  Blake wants to show the inherent trickery of the self, the fooling and strategies that keeps an identity in place.  By having strong opinions against or for something, the identity is continually pulling one left, right, or any direction within a systematized mind and in doing so, blocking the divine.  Blake is calling for a complete extinguishment of the identity in Milton A Poem and thinks Milton, who says to get rid of only certain aspects of the identity, did not go far enough.  “You cannot go to Eternal Death in that which can never Die” (Pg, 190), which, for Blake, means with any identity present, the miraculousness of Eternal Death and its divine nature will not be fully and consistently experienced.

This section in Book The Second (35/32) is Blake actually calling out to the reader demanding them to garner internal revolution.  “Judge then of thy Own Self: thy Eternal Lineaments explore: What is Eternal and what is Changeable? & what is Annihilable” (Pg, 190), Blake writes.  He wants each individual to explore within themselves, find whats created and changeable, and annihilate it in order to get to that Divine Presence that lies underneath Satan.  The imagination as human existence itself is the goal for every moment and any changeable identity that pops up must be dealt with as a system to disintegrate.  Because “whatever can be Created can Be be Annihilated; Forms cannot” (Pg, 190).  Forms exists as they are, as material facts of the material universe and energy and as such, one must dissolve the identity to become the experiencing of this material universe; this is Blake’s purpose for Milton A Poem, to describe this process. For Blake, this leads to an apparent peace and perfection permeating the world rather than the grimness of reality and will lead to Orc, or the material revolution in the society.  Whats interesting about this section in Milton A Poem is that Blake himself is really sermonizing his readers and instructing them on how to undergo internal revolution.  It is unusual for Blake to so overtly give specific direction, or promote a specific method making this section vital to understanding Blake’s work as in this section, he is as much teacher as poet.

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