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The Explication of Plates 39 through 41 of Blakes Jerusalem Of the three plates I was assigned plate 39 I feel has the most content The beginning of plate 39 shows how Albion wishes to gain acceptance However Albion was surrounded with kindest violence to bear him back ln 2 This was done as we see in line three Against his will So these two lines show that one cannot get to Eden through will but through imagination This is later backed by line 17 where Will must not be bended but in the day of Divine Lines 21 through 37 show the cruelty of man in this form For that man becomes a Sexual Machine an Aged Virgin ln 25 What this says is that man and women use sex as a weapon a means of controlling In Eden sex is love Yet in Ulro is lust This lust is breed through uncircumcised vegetation ln 24 The mentioning of Erins land toward the north in line 26 is meant to signify Ireland On the very next line 27 we learn they follow a false religion Thus Los is given power like the prophet Elijah Plates 40 and 41 have given me more of a problem to explicate and thus I turn to book support According to Damons Blake Dictionary Plates 40 and 41 are tied in with the death of Shelly Line 1-2 of plate 40 shows Bath the healing City whose wisdom in midst of poetic fervor mild spoke thro the Western Porch in soft gentle tears This show Shelly being sick and Blake sympathizing about it In line 16 Blake asks O Lord descend and save for that he does not want to lose his friend His last hope is by healing Albion with Oxfords Shelly help by using the leaves of the Tree of Life ln 30 However as we find out in Plate 41 it does not work Plate
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