|Yale center for British Art: America |
Many or most of Blake's plates show two (upper and lower) levels: the one above relates
to what we see as Heaven or the Eternal; the one below relates to 'this world'.
Here I design to describe the picture for itself:
(From Illuminated Blake, page 138)
The lower level is a scene of warfare: notice the two (severed or prone?) heads to the right and left.
Above them is a fallen soldier, still clutching his sword; a woman overshadows him, hoping to revive
him with a kiss.
The upper level, between America and Prophecy shows two figures turned away, perhaps sitting on a
rock or cloud? On the right a portly or large man with a woman on his back and an arm pointing out.
In front of him is a flying figure heading onward.
On the left is a woman, bent over, perhaps reading a book. Behind her is a smaller figure sitting on the
cloud with his back propped up against the back of the larger figure.
In front of her is a smaller figure perhaps reading the book with her..