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While some critics who acknowledge themselves to be indebted to Frye, such as Harold Bloom and Hazard Adams, are more generally accepting of the idea of the Orc cycle, others, the particularly historically minded, have expressed severe reservations about its validity.
Yet one important aspect of Fearful Symmetry has received little attention, though Edith Sitwell referred to it in her review in The Spectator on 10 October Through Frye, Sitwell found in Blake an attractive and sustainable understanding of Christianity. The natural society, whether we see it in primitive tribes or in exhaust- ed civilizations, is a complicated mechanism of prescribed acts which always have a rational explanation, but make no sense whatever in terms of passion, energy, insight or wisdom.
With the benefit of hindsight, it is easier to recognise here a prophetic analysis of what was to happen to the societies on both sides of the new, cold, war. A recollection of quoted in Ayre, p. That was where Blake helped me so much: he taught me that the lugubrious old stinker in the sky that I had heard so much about existed all right, but that his name was Satan, that his function was to promote tyranny in society and repression in the mind.
But just as Blake helped Frye to shed a religion he considered false, so he offered him a vision of an alternative, a religion not of the letter but of the spirit, not of dogma but of imagination, not of passive obedience but of active exertion.
Here Jesus, as a vision in the individ- ual mind, finds his role in showing a way out of the otherwise closed circle of the Orc cycle. The passive Jesus can only be recalled, and by means of a ceremonial and historical tradition.
It is a state in which nature is seen as beati- fied, God as a Father, man as a creature, and the essence of mental life as the subjection of reason to a mystery. Many visionaries remain in this state indefinitely, but those who reach imaginative puberty become aware of an oppo- sition of forces, and of the necessity of choosing between them.
Ahead of them is the narrow gap into eternity, and to get through it they must run away from their protecting parents, like Jesus at twelve, and become adult creators themselves. They must drop the ideas of a divine sanction attached to nature, of an ultimate mystery in the Godhead, of an ultimate division between a human creature and a divine creator, and of recurrent imaginative habits as forming the structure, instead of the foundation, of the imaginative life.
To insist on the intensely personal nature of Fearful Symmetry is not to deny its professional contributions to Blake studies. Bentley Jr. Thus the Blake we encounter in these editions, which are the best available, is a Blake mediated, however subtly, through Fearful Symmetry.
Although it is not a comparison that Frye would have relished, it is nonetheless true that just as it used to be almost impossible to read Donne except through the lens of T.
Even those who propose, not without justification, to remove those lenses cannot deny that it was Frye who taught them that Blake was worth reading in the first place. Houtchens and L. Houtchens eds. New York, , p. Halmi Toronto, , p. This edition, vol. Donaldson and A. Mendelson eds.
And although he begins to follow them around the city, he fails to find the courage to introduce himself or to answer his door when they attempt to contact him. Valentina starts to regret the move and also becomes aware of a strange coldness in the flat, which she believes to be Elspeth.
But Valentina is unable to persuade Julia that their dear-departed aunt is now a ghost living in their apartment.
One afternoon, the twins decide to take a tour of Highgate Cemetery, which is located right next to their flat, and meet Robert who turns out to be the cemetery guide for the first time. Unable to avoid contact any longer, Robert finds the courage to speak and offers to show them around. This excites Julia, who has been wanting a local experience, but frightens Valentina, who secretly wishes for home and a break from her sister.
However, the meeting is fortuitous for Robert and Valentina, who seem to find a kindred spirit in each other.
Looming over all of these characters is Elspeth and the secret she harbored with Edie. She observes the girls and finally grows strong enough to reveal herself.
Her sudden reappearance causes much strain for many of the characters, and soon it's not just the secret that becomes problematic. And hovering over everyone is death and disappearance, symbolized by the ghost of Elspeth.