Date of Award

Spring 1990

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Douglas Greene

Committee Member

Lawrence Hatab

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H85G33


This project takes a look into the philosophical and theological sources found in the work of William Blake as they culminate in his epic poem Jerusalem. This study includes an examination of the philosophies of Plato and Emanuel Swedenborg, the mystical pathway, the Jewish mystical tradition known as Kabbalah, and finally an examination of the works of Blake himself. We work from a three-fold premise: 1) that mystical experience occurs, 2) that archetypes exist in the collective unconscious, and 3) that these archetypes can be known through intuition and mystical experience. The focus is on those elements which are characteristic to all. Themes taken up include the fall and redemption of mankind, the dual nature of the universe, and the process of coming to know the unknowable God.


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