Hi, fellows! Thanks for coming to visit! I hope you enjoy this week's page.
As I write this, my cat is standing behind me, deciding whether or not he will claw the back of my chair (with me in it). He knows that I don't like it when he claws the chair, and he may be aware that his claws could injure me or the mesh back of my office chair. However, this knowledge does not dissuade him in the least from the decision to claw, once he has decided it is what he wants to do.
I do find it a little annoying, in that cats do not claw each other when they want something. They will claw me, the human that feeds them, when they want something, and they will disregard any injury or discomfort they may cause me in the clawing. They bear no particular malice in the act, it is only the way things are.
Why does he claw the chair? It could be because he's hungry, but he has eaten. It could be because he desires entertainment, or he merely wishes to exercise his claws. Or he wishes to claw me.
But enough of such things for now. In this week's page we see that the terrifying scene from last week's page was only due to the angel's metaphysics. 226 years after this poem was written we can only presume that Blake used the classical meaning of metaphysics, e.g. the Angel's perception of the origins of reality influenced Blake's perception. While the genuine image they saw together was a harper singing about the necessity of changing one's opinion, this idea was so confusing and scary to the angel that she perceived it to be as destructive, as powerful, and as unstoppable as the monster Leviathan.
Of Leviathan, we read in the bible:
Psalm 104:25-26 King James Version (KJV)
25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
Blake was able to share in this image as well, but it dissolved when the angel left (I would suppose her projective telepathy has a finite range).
Well it's been a busy week and it's not over just yet, so I have to leave. Much to do.
I'll talk to all you cowboys next week! Also I will be at a convention in south west Florida in November! Keep posted for news to come, if you please.