In Conversation with Annise Rogers – Recording

Annise Rogers discusses how the figure of Samson is a prototype of Blake's Orc.

Global Blake: In Conversation with Annise Rogers: ‘thy young hands tore human limbs, and gorged human flesh!’: Poetical Sketches and Blake’s development of Samson.

Connections between the works of John Milton and William Blake have been discussed in detail by many writers, and the latter sometimes being regarded as a contemporary version of the former. These connections usually focus on the poetical works of Milton, most especially Paradise Lost, whereas connections between Blake’s works and Milton’s poetical-prose tragedy Samson Agonistes are much more sparse. The same can be said of readings of Blake that deal with his earliest poetical work Poetical Sketches, for they are rare, or they easily gloss over these poems as works of juvenilia, being outside Blake’s mythical structure. This talk focuses on the poetical-prose piece of ‘Samson’ from Poetical Sketches, examining how Blake amalgamated his views on the Bible, Samson Agonistes, and other Miltonic works, to present the start of an individual which he would continue to grapple with for the rest of his life. A fallen human hero that would help him in the creation of two of his most famous characters – Orc and Albion.
Annise Rogers
Annise Rogers is a PGR focusing on William Blake's 'Vala, or The Four Zoas' and poetical forms. She has written for 'VALA, the Journal of the Blake Society', and has a chapter on the connections between the visual art of Tolkien and Blake in 'The Romantic Spirit in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien' (2024). She is also the Press Officer for "Global Blake".