“The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”

“Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence.”

This one quote attracted me to the entire piece due to the frankness of the statement. Where there is good, there is evil. Later on in the piece, it states in one of the “A Memorable Fancy” section of the piece, ” ‘The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind’.” This might be completely incorrect in the interpretation of the piece, but in order for one to alter his/her mind, one must draw upon the contraries of life.

http://www.blakearchive.org/exist/blake/archive/object.xq?objectid=mhh.c.illbk.03&java=yes

This is the link to the picture that alludes to both heaven and hell. It contains the quoted passage I alluded to in the beginning of this post. This picture really is not confusing to me, but it does help further my point regarding the contraries in life: Good and Evil, Mortality and Death, Heaven and Hell. All of these aspects make the world go round.

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