Blake’s story of creation
In the Book of Urizen, Blake retells the story of creation, and includes in that telling many engravings. This, “And left a round globe of blood, Trembling upon the Void” appears to be God’s creation of the world. God is shown here in the process of forming the world; He is bent over with the colors of creation surrounding Him. Blake chooses not to depict God’s face, but rather shows Him bent over, with hair streaming down upon His creation. This flow of hair appears to represent the flow of imagination, and here illustrates the immense possibility which the imagination can provide and its inherent importance in the world’s connection to God. Blake believed very strongly in the imagination’s abilities and the truths which it could reveal. Here he depicts the ultimate creation, God’s creation, and he depicts it in such a way as to suggest that the pouring forth of the world came from God’s own imagination. In addition to this, the strength of God and what seems to be strain with which he uses His strength illustrates the struggle of creation. By representing this struggle Blake emphasizes the love and interest that God has in His creation. For Him to bend forth and open his mind upon a newly forming world involves an intricate connection, a deep investment and love in His creation. Thus this image of God creating the world is also very much a depiction of God’s relationship to it. The representation of the world flowing from God, whose muscles strain with effort in the process, shows God’s deep involvement in His creation, and by depicting the creation as a continuous flow from God’s imagination Blake illustrates the investment and importance which that creation holds for God.
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