A William Blake / Thomas De Quincey Walk

One was on laudanum, the other was a natural, but both had visions of Jerusalem on Oxford Street. Niall McDevitt leads a poetopographical walk through Soho in honour of Blake’s death-day Aug 12 and De Quincey’s birthday Aug 15. 

‘There is in Albion a Gate of precious stones and gold 
Seen only by Emanations, vegetations viewless
Bending across the road of Oxford Street’
                                                                   – Blake (Jerusalem)

‘Oxford Street, stony-hearted step-mother! thou that listenest to the sighs of orphans and drinkest the tears of children’
………………………………………….. De Quincey (Confessions of an English Opium-Eater)


Meeting at 17 South Molton Street (Bond St tube)   2pm   Sat Aug 15    £5
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2 Responses to A William Blake / Thomas De Quincey Walk

  1. Roddy says:

    Their unfortunate use of Jerusalem – the centre of present geo-political evil – as metaphor has sadly dated their work…

  2. Bollocks. What about Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem? The biggest hit play of the 21st century. What about Alan Moore’s soon to be released million word graphic novel Jerusalem? I’ll be giving a lecture on this very idea at a Blake seminar in September. http://www.deepmemoryprocess.com/page197.html

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