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sixthswan

Don't Welch
Well it would be. Because it was partly telling the story of a green and pleasant land, overtaken by dark satanic mills and exploited workers.
 

sixthswan

Don't Welch
It's from Jerusalem, the hymn.

The mills weren't really satanic. They could be interpreted as being destructive of the natural world and human relationships, but that doesn't mean that they were owned by Satanists. Though I can't confirm that.
 

sabredunce

Silver Surfer
I thought it was nuts. Didn't they ring the stadium with anti-aircraft guns in case the Taliban attacked the dancers?

The giant reaper was pretty scary, beat the hell out of the monster bear attacking the Eskimos.

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SteveYork

Season Ticket Holder
It's from Jerusalem, the hymn.

The mills weren't really satanic. They could be interpreted as being destructive of the natural world and human relationships, but that doesn't mean that they were owned by Satanists. Though I can't confirm that.
I have read that when Blake wrote of dark satanic mills he was referring to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge rather than factories and mills and whatnot (or maybe that's one subsequent interpretation). Not sure what that says about the dons in the colleges (who I guess when he wrote would all still have been ordained clergy).
 

sixthswan

Don't Welch
He could have meant the universities.
Could have been churches.
Might have been the burned out flower mill, close to where he lived.

In his epic "Jerusalem" (not the hymn), he did write something that might suggest that he saw Oxbridge as "dark satanic mills":

"I turn my eyes to the Schools & Universities of Europe
And there behold the Loom of Locke whose Woof rages dire
Washd by the Water-wheels of Newton. black the cloth
In heavy wreathes folds over every Nation; cruel Works
Of many Wheels I view, wheel without wheel, with cogs tyrannic
Moving by compulsion each other: not as those in Eden: which
Wheel within Wheel in freedom revolve in harmony & peace."
 

SteveYork

Season Ticket Holder
He could have meant the universities.
Could have been churches.
Might have been the burned out flower mill, close to where he lived.

In his epic "Jerusalem" (not the hymn), he did write something that might suggest that he saw Oxbridge as "dark satanic mills":

"I turn my eyes to the Schools & Universities of Europe
And there behold the Loom of Locke whose Woof rages dire
Washd by the Water-wheels of Newton. black the cloth
In heavy wreathes folds over every Nation; cruel Works
Of many Wheels I view, wheel without wheel, with cogs tyrannic
Moving by compulsion each other: not as those in Eden: which
Wheel within Wheel in freedom revolve in harmony & peace."
That's great - not seen it before. I guess that's where the interpretation came from.
 
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