by John Emslie THE WORD ZOA is Greek. It means ‘living one’. In the Book of Ezekiel, zoa is the name of the four creatures who pull the chariot of God’s Spirit. William Blake, The Works of William Blake: Poetic, Symbolic, and Critical, III, ed. Edwin J. Ellis and William Butler Yeats (London: Quaritch, ). PR E5. The Four Zoas (Excerpt) by William is the price of Experience do men buy it for a song Or wisdom for a dance in the street No it is bought with the.

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The text carefully follows the new lower left margin created by the outline of the foud. In the otherwise generally admirable Erdman edition of Blake’s poetry and prose, one glaring and uncharacteristically speculative decision which reflects several smaller ones, especially in Night I directly addresses the issues of Narrative Unbound.

In that case he would naturally unbind his manuscript to remove pages ; and zoaz would also prepare a new sheet which would be exactly like pages before the additions.

Complete Writingsrev. The text of VIIb and of the present eighth Night should provide useful clues. Or wisdom for a dance in the street?

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If this is indeed the case, then the suggestions presented here can be summarized as a three-step process of changing plans for a manuscript reflecting those changes fout follows: The disruption of the textual pattern of VIIb that the insertion of VIIa immediately produces could well serve to emphasize the incompatibility of the textual programs of VIIa and VIIb and thereby tour argue that they be kept as separate and distinct Vour. Urizen, having conducted his preparations while sitting on a rock The narrative sequence was altered on pages andthe passage As for relief etching, that is a direct process in which the forms of the letters are composed directly on the copper.

In addition, however, these speeches of Ahania and Enion betray a zoad in their roles as female reflectors rather than aggressive actors, while the figure in the design more closely resembles a female appropriation of flaming male revolutionary energy akin to that of the early Orc. Such a revision, while changing the ending of the eighth Night from an explosive climax to a passage of elegiac expectation, would help to re-establish the presence of Enion zoaa Ahania who are largely absent from the central Nights of the poem before their resurrection in the last Night.


This is an example of the destructive nature of prophetic impatience, marking a further stage in the fall. To all his Engines of deceit.

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Blake used these images as part of a general celebration of sex and sexuality. Before it was transcribed the eighth Night probably underwent further revision. Zoass and first described by Todd in Marks,pp. Los is the form he appears as on earth: Blake carefully coordinates every key event spatially in reference to it.

The Book of Ahania This suggests that the eight lines referring to the Lamb of God were not originally an integral part of the passage in which they now appear, although they must have been introduced before page was transcribed as they are in the basic text.

Throughout the manuscript, Blake has consistently limited illustration to the margins and avoided interlinear designs on major pictures set between sections of the text on a single page. As we have noted, Blake may have been influenced by his observation of the rural countryside around Felpham in his treatment of eternal harvest in the ninth Night.

In the second “night”, the theme of women ruling is discussed but there is an emphasis on how the ability to create constricts them. He continued to work on fur throughout the decade but slowly lost confidence that he could complete the work as he was suffering from a deep state of depression.

By leaving the tension between Los and Enitharmon unresolved in the new ending of VIIa, Blake may have hoped to explain the strained relationship in VIIb, although the Spectre-like Los of VIIb is hard to equate with the humanized Los of page 87, who has already begun his inspired construction of Golgonooza. The contextual and historical evidence Mann assembles in support of his letterpress hypothesis comes from what is generally taken to be a middle or later period in the development of the manuscript—the years with Hayley, The Books of Los and Ahania are also notable for their paucity of interlinear decoration, as in letterpress, even though the intaglio medium would not in itself prohibit the root and vine motifs punctuating The Book of Urizen or even larger and more elaborate designs set anywhere on the page.


The four animals materialize again in the Book of Revelation. Doubleday,p. Taken together, the narrative of pages follows the narrative sequence of Urizen-Ahania the active confrontation between Urizen and Fuzon becomes a verbal confrontation between Urizen and Orc, but at the end of both the defeated energy principle is forced to ascend the tree of Mystery.

The references to divine intervention are registered as interpolations which remain ultimately separate from the rest of the Night. The image on this page is, however, juxtaposed with verbal text that focuses on Urizen’s fall into a raging dragon form following his sexual zaos with the Shadowy Female, which issues in a threat that the entire narrative will recycle itself.

Vala or The Four Zoas

Thus, the two figures wrestling do not simply allegorize the reader’s resistive struggle with this apocalyptic text though this is certainly a dimension of the design’s subversive referentiality but also the struggle between Los and Urthona for ontological priority over one another at the close of the poem — figures frozen in a twisting identity-in-difference.

This, however, was probably only a temporary measure, for the lengthy revisions in VIIa i. They raise their faces from the earth, conversing with the Man: Urthona is arisen in his strength no longer now Divided from Enitharmon no longer the Spectre Los Where is the Spectre of Prophecy the delusive phantom. As John Sutherland has observed, this enlightenment seems similar to the one experienced by Los in some of the additions to The Four Zoas: In composing VIIb, Blake would have to change the sequence and the significance of events originally described in the eighth Night.