Talk:The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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Original Work[edit]

Is it wrong to include the original text with this article? If not, I propose adding it. Scruffy1 22:36, 21 April 2007 (UTC)


A stable heaven and a dynamic hell[edit]

We see this motif in the light SF works of David Eddings. His "evil" is the principle of stasis, the regressive; his "good" is dynamicism, the progressive.

Defining Heaven and Hell[edit]

It may be a good idea to look at the three paragraphs at the bottom of plate three of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell in order to define Blake's System of contraries. "Without Contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence. From these contraries spring what the religious call Good & Evil. Good is the passive that obeys Reason[.] Evil is the active springing from Energy Good is Heaven. Evil is Hell." It would appear that one without the other would cause a total collapse of the world. --N.G. Lowe 05:34, 17 April 2006 (UTC)Mr. N.G. Lowe

Proposal to merge Proverbs of Hell[edit]

Proverbs of Hell reads more or less like a section of this article – I suggest that we merge it. HAM SaintPierre4.JPG 17:57, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

I agree, the two should merge. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Garib (talkcontribs) 14 June 2006
Definitely, Merge them. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.36.59.212 (talkcontribs) 19 June 2006
A merge should definitely happen; if it's warranted, make an individual section for the "Proverbs," removing the material in the article that pertains to other things (the "Memorable Fancy" in the printing house) or moving them to other parts of this article. -- H·G (words/works) 06:05, 17 August 2006 (UTC)
Yes, Proverbs deserves a subcategory, but not a separate article.
Most definately.Tomyg90 05:27, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

Look at the title[edit]

In the analysis of the themes of the book no-one ever seems to notice that it is called the MARRIAGE of Heaven and Hell. Blake is not lauding either Energy over Reason or Reason over Energy but seeking to bring them together. His thesis is that the two have been incorrectly separated by religion, thus creating a destructive dualistic split in humanity. He wants the two things reunited again - as happens in the poem when the Angel and the Devil become one. Should this be in the article? ThePeg 00:57, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

French version of this article[edit]

fr:Le Mariage du Ciel et de l'Enfer seems to be better cited than this page. If anyone reading this can speak the language, a partial translation could be helpful for this article. Lithoderm 22:50, 28 February 2010 (UTC)

Quotation Marks or Italics?[edit]

Should the title of this work be in quotation marks or italics? I know it's technically prose, but it's also poetry, and is short in length. It doesn't bother which way of formatting the title is appropriate, but I notice a lack of consistency here and there. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 142.157.150.56 (talk) 17:51, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

Proposal for New Section (Expansion)[edit]

I think this page should be expanded to include a list of literary works, historical figures, etc. which are alluded to in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. If such a list has already been compiled elsewhere, perhaps that could be used as a reference and/or further reading.