“French Revolution” – 1
November 19, 2018
Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s poem “The French Revolution”, continues AG: Okay, now to the poem.  So you get the idea.  ((S. Foster Damon) also says (that) Blake had to make up the details of Louis’s council[…]
Background to The French Revolution
November 15, 2018
Allen Ginsberg on the French Revolution (continued from yesterday) AG: So then on July 8th, nine days later, after the mercenaries had surrounded Paris and Versailles at the order of the king, the commons voted to tell the king to get rid of the soldiers –  to send them back where they[…]
The Three Estates (French Revolution)
November 14, 2018
AG:  The events covered by Blake’s “French Revolution” may be summarized briefly from history, according to Erdman.  The three estates – that is the king, the priests, and the commons – convened on[…]
William Blake’s Revolutionary Tradition
November 13, 2018
Ginsberg on William Blake continues AG:  Let’s see.  What else?  In his notebook of 1798, (in the) marginalia, there’s a portrait-like drawing of a face of Paine‘s and the note written “Well done, Paine.” He may have gone to the revolutionary[…]
“Who Will Take Over The Universe?”
November 12, 2018
Allen Ginsberg continues on the influence of Blake’s “The French Revolution” on his poetry  AG:  Another version, a couple of years later, directly inspired by the (William Blake’s) “French Revolution”, is the first poem[…]
Death to Van Gogh’s Ear – 1
November 7, 2018
Allen Ginsberg, Naropa, 1979, continuing AG: What I’m trying to say (is that this is) a modern application of similar exaggeration or hyperbole, as I found it. (It is in a) Paris text, (written in) 1958, (while) reading this particular (poem)[…]
more Blake – (“Epic Simile”)
November 6, 2018
Allen Ginsberg on William Blake continues AG: Everybody notices (Blake’s) “From my window I see the old mountains of France, like aged men, fading away,” and (Harold) Bloom refers to this as an epic[…]
more Blake – (The French Revolution)
October 29, 2018
AG: Now, on to The French Revolution.  Let’s see here.  Before we go any further, since here is a situation where Blake is trying to write history, he’s become completely human.. So here’s a picture of Blake in actual history, if you can pass it around – his life-mask from the British[…]
more Blake – (“On Anothers Sorrow”)
October 25, 2018
“On Anothers Sorrow“:  Let’s see.  I haven’t sung this in a long time.  “On Anothers Sorrow”.  I like this particular poem a great deal.  I like the repeated rhymes.  When I was a kid this was one of the rhymes that stuck in my head most of all.  One of the rhythmic[…]
more Blake – (“A Dream”)
October 24, 2018
AG:  So, “A Dream”, next, page sixteen. I always thought this one particularly as a piece of the bodhisattva notion, or the prophetic faculty of the poet or the bodhisattva notion of the wakened mind; that is that you take care of the others first:  I put a chorus on this, just[…]