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Urizen is a complex character in William Blakes mythology He appears in many works and represents much of what Blake is vehemetly opposed to By taking close readings of parts of The First Book of Urizen a reader can gain a better understanding of exactly what Urizen is He is the god created by men of the Enlightenment such as Newton In Blakes mind he is truly the devil as well THE FIRST BOOK OF URIZEN Plate 2 PRELUDIUM TO THE FIRST BOOK OF URIZEN Of the primeval Priests assumd power When Eternals spurnd back his religion And gave him a place in the north Obscure shadowy void solitary Eternals I hear your call gladly Dictate swift winged words fear not To unfold your dark visions of torment In this prelude Blake speaks of a primeval priest who assumes power Evidently a group of Eternals contained his religion and him for that matter and ostricized him These Eternals are all of the gods and goddesses that exist in Blakes mythology such as Los Orc and Oothoon Blake then calls on the Eternals to dictate the story of this priest to him Plate 3 Chap I I Lo a shadow of horror is risen In Eternity Unknown Unprolific Self-closd all-repelling what Demon Hath formd this abominable void This soul-shuddering vacuum Some said It is Urizen But unknown abstracted Brooding secret the dark power hid Here is the introduction of Urizen one of the main characters in Blakes mythology Blake describes him as a shadow of horror a dark power He is closed upon himself in a void nothingness Obviously Urizen is some kind of god at this point He exists where there is nothing Some say that he even formed this nothingness It is important to look at his name Urizen is easily construed into your reason Is Blake speaking to anyone in particualar 2 Times on times he divided measurd Space by space
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