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William Blake Comic Book: A Memorable Fancy Comic pg 9

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.

Comic transcript

You're reading a page from a comic book entitled William Blake, Man of Action!! It's based on William Blake's poem "A Memorable Fancy" from his larger work "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell". I'll be posting a page a week, and the first page of A Memorable Fancy is here. Alternately , you can check out the archive to jump to different pages. Please leave a comment if you like it, or don't!

So William Blake says, "My friend the angel climbed up from her station into the mill. I remained alone, & then this appearance was no more. But I found myself sitting on a pleasant bank beside a river by moonlight hearing a harper who sung to the harp, and his theme was "The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, & breeds reptiles of the mind."

But then William Blake arose, and left the scene in search of the mill. He then found the angel who had shown him the last scene, what she had called "his eternal lot".

She was surprised that William Blake had not been crushed by Leviathan itself, and she asked him "How did you escape?"

Blake answered "All that we saw was according to your metaphysics, for when you ran away, I found myself on a bank by moonlight hearing a harper."

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