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Vol. 45 no. 3: Winter 2011–12

R. Paul Yoder, The Narrative Structure of William Blake’s Poem Jerusalem: A Revisionist Interpretation

12 January 2012
12 Jan. 2012


Whether you are a first-time reader who has opened Jerusalem intrigued by its design and visionary promise only to close it in bafflement, or you are an expert Blake scholar, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Yoder begins by identifying a dominant trend in studies of the poem since Paley’s monumental The Continuing City: he argues that the majority of the poem’s explicators have come to the conclusion that Jerusalem has no overarching narrative structure. In his book, he demonstrates precisely how the poem’s narrative has been neglected or trivialized and what the crucial consequences of taking the narrative into account would be.