William Blake’s The marriage of Heaven and Hell

Pictures can definitely influence the meaning of a literary work. In this case, Williams Blake’s poem “The marriage of Heaven and Hell” 1790 and 1794 edition pictures change the meaning of the poems somewhat when comparing the two. Even from the cover plate picture the meaning of the poem starts to change somewhat. The cover picture in the 1794 editions uses more warm colors suggesting an inclination towards “Evil” or “Hell” as William Blake speaks about in his poem. The cool colors in the 1790 edition’s cover picture makes the scene look more like a fairy tale or “Good” or “Heavenly” whereas the 1794 edition depicts more of dark and mysterious scene. This theme continues throughout the entire poem. Although the words themselves are not changed when comparing both editions, the pictures tend to shine a new light on each passage.


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