The Primacy of Vision in Virgil's Aeneid

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CHAPTER 2
Ruse and Revelation
VISIONS OF THE DIVINE AND THE TELOS OF NARRATIVE

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold!
Bring me my Arrows of desire!
Bring me my Spear! O Clouds, unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.1

WILLIAM BLAKE, "Jerusalem,"
from Milton

In the preface to his Milton, William Blake offers a lyric precursor to his longer edition of Jerusalem.2 Blake brings the fantastic visions seen in the Old and New Testament books of prophecy down to earth, specifically to England. By intentionally intertwining British topographical features with Bib

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface and Acknowledgments ix
  • Text and Art Acknowledgments xiii
  • Abbreviations xv
  • Chapter 1 - Prophaenomena Ad Vergilium 1
  • Chapter 2 - Ruse and Revelation Visions of the Divine and the Telos of Narrative 24
  • Chapter 3 - Vision Past and Future 60
  • Chapter 4 - Hic Amor Love, Vision, and Destiny 97
  • Chapter 5 - Vidi, Vici Vision's Victory and the Telos of Narrative 128
  • Chapter 6 - Conclusion Ante Ora Parentum 176
  • Notes 183
  • Bibliography 223
  • Subject Index 237
  • Index Locorum 247
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