A Conversation for Glad Day - The Life and Works of William Blake

Dark Satanic Mills

Post 1


I thought these were the churches.........sort of fits doesn't it?

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Post 2


It could fit, now you mention it.
I really don't know what he meant. There seems to have been less written about this best-known of his poems than about most of the others.
I recall reading somewhere that one of his homes had a view out over the Albion Flour Mills, which is kind of ironic.

Dark Satanic Mills

Post 3


It came back to me, where the flour-mills-thing came from.
I heard it on the radio. In fact, here it is!
(and a lot more on WB besides) :

Dark Satanic Mills

Post 4


Hi there Pinniped -

I always thought that the dark satanic mills were to do with Blakes' view of a mechanistic universe. I never thought that Blake was that worried about industrial relations. But it doesn't mean to say it can't be both. I'm not sure Blake would have enjoyed the irony of the Albion mills though.



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