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The Poet as Prophet: William Blake

  • Course Dates: Fri 20 October 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The prophetic voice has been heard through poetry for millennia – from ancient Greek oracles to the prophetic books of the Hebrew scriptures and beyond.

The prophet does not only predict the future, but also speaks truth into the present day from the perspective of the outsider.

The Romantic poet, artist and mystic William Blake (1757-1827) is one such prophetic figure. Blake delivered his message through a combination of words and images, poetry and visual art.

This day will outline the relationship between poetry and prophecy, and explore Blake’s prophetic poetry. Blake thought that in the future everyone would be an artist, so this day explores the contribution that we can make as artists, poets and prophets.

We will then explore the mapping images that Blake uses in his prophetic books, where figures surround globes and map-like discs. The day will give participants the opportunity to create their own Blakean spiritual maps.

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Course Details

Fri 20 October 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Beth Dodd is Director of Online Learning for the Centre for Formation in Ministry. She teaches doctrine, church history and theology, arts and culture. She has published on the Anglican priest and poet Thomas Traherne, and now focuses on traditions of lyric poetry and their impact on English theology. Andrea McLean studied at The Slade School of Art followed by a scholarship year at The British School at Rome. She began making circular mapping paintings while Artist in Residence at Gloucester Cathedral. Her monoprints were recently included in the Royal Academy exhibition 'The Edge of Printing'. Her Mappa Mundi painting made in Hereford Cathedral is currently on display near the map room of The British Library.
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£50, includes lunch and refreshments