Blake's poem The French Revolution (1791) has been studied as a transitional work in which the idiom and imagery of his mature prophetic books can be seen in their formative stage. Little attention, however, has been paid to the fairly numerous biblical allusions (other than those from Revelation) that the poem contains. An examination of some of these in relation to the content of earlier and later works will show that The French Revolution marks the point at which Blake turns against the legalistic and authoritarian aspect of the Old Testament while continuing to accept much of its prophetic element.



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