The Oxford Biblical Studies Online and Oxford Islamic Studies Online have retired. Content you previously purchased on Oxford Biblical Studies Online or Oxford Islamic Studies Online has now moved to Oxford Reference, Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford Scholarship Online, or What Everyone Needs to Know®. For information on how to continue to view articles visit the subscriber services page.

Related Content

Related Overviews

Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Paradise Lost

John Milton (1608—1674) poet and polemicist


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Literature


Show Summary Details



Quick Reference

A poem in two books by W. Blake, written and etched 1804–8, one of his longest and most complex mythological works, which is prefaced by his well‐known lines ‘And did those feet in ancient time’, commonly known as ‘Jerusalem’. It uses the mythological and allegorical framework of his earlier poems and also develops Blake's own extremely powerful and personal response to Paradise Lost and its author, which had affected and perplexed his imagination for years (see also Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The).

Subjects: Literature

Reference entries

William Blake (1757—1827) engraver, artist, and poet