This is the first book-length study of the relationship between Blake's visionary epic The Four Zoas and the poem that most influenced it, Paradise Lost. . . . It is written with a compelling sense of the relevance of Milton and Blake to the twentieth century, and it expresses an intense conviction of the importance of critical debates about poetry.
In a dramatically original analysis, Jackie DiSalvo explores BlakeÆs reworking of Genesis and Paradise Lost in his prophetic poem The Four Zoas, creating a compelling new reading of both Milton and Blake. With informed argument and provocative insights, DiSalvo shows how BlakeÆs view of history prefigures the revaluation of our own myths of origin prompted by new political, psychological, and feminist perspectives.
DiSalvo's linking of Blake and Marx is brilliantly dashing, and will annoy the orthodox in both camps.