Ginsberg on Blake continues – 62 

The Wrath of Elihu – William Blake – from his illustrations to The Book of Job

Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s The Four Zoas  continues from here

AG (continues reading): “Then Man ascended mourning into the splendors of his palace/ Above him rose a Shadow from his wearied intellect..” – (And it looked good) – “Of living gold, pure, perfect, holy; in white linen pure he hover’d/  A sweet entrancing self delusion..” – (Well, that’s a very shocking thing, because if that’s what Blake is saying about Elohim and about the idea of a..  the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Moses – the old Jehova-ic, or the old Elohim, God  (I think he has some idea of Jehovah’s being a merciful form).

Student:  Nobodaddy
AG:  Pardon me?
Student:  Nobodaddy.  I think in the Book of Job
AG:  Nobodaddy.  Yes, Nobodaddy.  Old Nobodaddy.

Student:  In the Book of Job it’s Elihu who first (perceives) God this way…
AG:  Is whom?
Student: Elihu?
AG:  Elohim..  Elohim.
Student:  Elihu?…
AG:  Ah.  Yes.
Student:   (He (Job) can’t imagine he’s done something wrong)
AG:  Yeah.
Student:   (So) Elihu  comes and says, “Well, now you have to..  you can’t measure God, God’s just infinite”. And.. Job says, “Yeah, so show (that to) me..”
AG:  Show me….?
Student:  Show me my sins.
AG:  Yeah.
Student:  And then God himself speaks from the whirlwind.
AG:  Um-hmm.
Student:  To Job.  And I suppose (this would be) still a projection, but….

to be continued

Audio for the above can be heard here, beginning at approximately sixty-and-a-quarter minutes in and concluding at approximately sixty-one-and-a-half minutes in 

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