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Our Jerusalem - The Poet and The Prophet 1. Tamsin Rosewell explores the work of William Blake

Our Jerusalem - The Poet and The Prophet 1. Tamsin Rosewell explores the work of William Blake

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This show was 19th in the global folk chart.

The first in a three-part series written and produced for Resonance 104.4fm, in which Tamsin Rosewell looks at the work of visionary artist and poet, William Blake. This first show considers the context and meaning of the words to one of our best-loved hymns and our second, unofficial, National Anthem: Jerusalem. She talks to composer and musician, Chris Wood; Professor of English and American Literature at Kings College London, Professor Paul Gilroy; Chair of the Blake Society, Tim Heath; Canon Precentor of York Minster, Rev Canon Peter Moger; and Lead Curator for Art pre-1800 at Tate Britain, Dr Martin Myrone. Written and presented by Tamsin Rosewell and produced by Tim Jenkins.

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Terri Hoskings

I love that Blake speaks about the Bible, as a collection of poems. That clears up so much, though I'm personally more typically secular in my viewpoint. All of these discussions about Blake are interesting, but what I love more than anything.. is Blake's innate invitation, to carry that creative torch forward, and for all we're worth, passionately. He's right. This, I think, is the missing piece oftentimes. This is the social salve: to help us back to activating the infinite properties of truth. Like a man leaving the tall shadows of the city: in the spirit of individuality, stepping out into a concrete clearing.. to experience the warmth of the Sun on his face.. The experience being the springboard to the infinity of one's imagination. Just as Blake's narrative seems to come together in a straight line, the whole thing suddenly snaps into a celtic knot. That's the point at which I go back for another dose of his words.. :-) (But I speak as a Blake greenhorn.)

Terri Hoskings

Very enlightening and informative. Great!