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And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time Analysis

Author: poem of William Blake Type: poem Views: 29

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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.


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William Blake\'s poem - And did those feet in Ancient times is a call to arms/action. His questions in the first two paragraphs are biterly ironic. He\'s acknowledging the current state of society, and suggesting it is depraved and corrupt. Blake sarcastically asks the question - How can the son of God possibly have walked on a corrupt land? What have we let happen to England that this is no longer the place we can imagine Jesus to have walked? The dark satanic mills can refer to factorie, or it can refer to institutions such as the church, which Blake was scathingly critical of in his a lot of his work. The last 2 paragraphs are the \'Call to arms\'. He implies that perception has been clouded, and that he will not cease from the fight against mind-forged manacles (contricted thought). Overall, Blake is saying: Jerusalem needs to be restored in England - people need to come to a spiritual enlightenment.

| Posted on 2012-06-11 | by a guest

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It suggests a metaphor... God is always present everywhere... but we obstruct our awareness of God\'s presence. The dark satanic mills ...the bad sides of industrialization... pollution, exploitation of workers, greed...
The poem isnt about England except as a metaphor for anyplace humans live and through their lives and values change for better or worse. What can we do about it?
... the Hebrew scriptures (II Kings? I think?) tells of chariots of fire descending from the clouds to take the prophet Elijah up into Heaven...
Now we want the clouds to unfold, let the chariot of fire come back and bring us the wisdom and strength to help us not rest til we have built a world here as it COULD be if we did not create dark obstructions.

| Posted on 2011-05-20 | by a guest

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Its anti technology in regards of its dislike of the industrial mills. Also talking of Jesus walking on England it seems to be hinting that England is a divine nation a chosen people, that has lost there way and the fight is needed to bring back the old ways and restore the church as a major power in the country.

| Posted on 2010-10-09 | by a guest

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We don't have the full biography of Jesus in the Bible. The Bible tells us about Jesus' birth, then jumps forward several years to his presentation in the temple at age 12, then jumps forward even further to his Baptism aged about 30 or so. There are many years of his life we are not told about. One legend says that he visited England. It's a legend, we can't prove it. We can't say for certain "And those feet DID in ancient times walk upon England's mountains green". But we can wonder "Did those feet . . .?"
Many people have read different things into Blake's "Dark Satanic Mills". But certainly the goal of the author is to inspire folks to create a nation that Jesus would approve of.
The poem set to music is a very popular hymn in England, and is also often sung in political contexts.

| Posted on 2010-07-08 | by a guest

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This song seems bent on the idea that England was never a holy place. "And did the holy Lamb of God/Walk upon England's mountains green?" As any person ever to have read the bible, no, England was never touched by Jesus. Furthermore, "Among these dark satanic mills" represents the greed and anger that has come to England as a way of life.
However, the speaker is not just attacking England. The third and fourth stanzas are all about fighting to destroy the old ways. No more obsessions with money, fighting with true desire and weapons from the heaven. Not literally, but metaphorically, he is attacking England! "'Till we have built Jerusalem/ In England's green and pleasant land." signifies the idea of putting religion on place of the hatred that preceded it.
To make England a holy land- the meaning of this song.

| Posted on 2008-12-16 | by a guest

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