ledastray Posted May 16, 2014 Share Posted May 16, 2014 I've read a bit on this site about Jimmy Page's interest in Aleister Crowley but not much has been said (that I can find) about William Blake --the romantic poet and artist--as a literary or philosophical inspiration for the band. Robert Plant once said that he and Jimmy talked about Blake when they were first getting to know each other. Blake was one of Crowley's influences from what I understand and he is now a Thelemic saint. And of course there's a reference to Blake's Albion in Achilles Last Stand. I reread Songs of Innocence and Experience recently but Blake's work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell seems to relate to Zeppelin even more considering the importance of energy to the band's music and live shows. Plus, the hedonistic lifestyle that was created in the wake of the music's success. Here are some quotes from TMoHaH for those who haven't yet encountered it. "Without contraries is no progres- sion. Attraction and repulsion, rea- son and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence. From these contraries spring what the religious call Good and Evil. Good is the passive that obeys reason; Evil is the active springing from Energy. Good is heaven. Evil is hell. All Bibles or sacred codes have been the cause of the following errors : 1. That man has two real existing principles, viz., a Body and a Soul. 2. That Energy, called Evil, is alone from the Body ; and that Reason, called Good, is alone from the Soul. 3. That God will torment man in Eternity for following his Energies. But the following contraries to these are true : 1. Man has no Body distinct from his Soul. For that called Body is a por- tion of Soul discerned by the five senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age. 2. Energy is the only life , and is from the Body; and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy. 3. Energy is Eternal Delight. Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained; and the restrainer or reason usurps its place and governs the unwilling. As I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius, which to Angels look like torment and insanity, I collected some of their proverbs The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence. He whose face gives no light shall never become a star. No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise. The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. The lust of the goat is the bounty of God. The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God. The nakedness of woman is the work of God. Excess of sorrow laughs, excess of joy weeps. What is now proved was once only imagined. Everything possible to be believed is an image of truth. The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. Expect poison from the standing water. You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough. If others had not been foolish we should have been so. The soul of sweet delight can never be defiled. To create a little flower is the labour of ages. Improvement makes straight roads, but the crooked roads without Improve- ment are roads of Genius. Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not to be believed. ........... For everything that lives is holy." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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