Blake is the enemy of all authority(TM) Essay
Blake’s poetry often serves to propagate his anti-authoritarian views and loathing of institutional power. Furthermore, his views often impress upon the reader his belief in the human right for both spiritual and social freedom, unconstrained by established convention. Blake’s treatment of the institution of the church and religion is often contemptuous and shows his attitude to what he sees as the hypocrisy of an uncompromising establishment which in his eyes causes misery, rather than nurturing the human sole.In ‘The Garden of Love’ Blake conveys his anti-clerical message in the stanza “the gates of this chapel were shut” and reflects his view of the church as exclusionary.Moreover, the “shut” gates imply that the path to heaven and God does not start at the foot of the alter, but in individual belief and spirituality.
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