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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Who is Rintrah?

In Blake's poetry Rintrah is mentioned 48 times, first

in MHH, then in Europe, the Four Zoas, Milton, and

Jerusalem. He obviously had a special meaning to

Blake, but shades and nuances of the meaning occurred


1, At the beginning (and end) of MHH Rintrah roared;

perhaps in his mind at that moment Rintrah represented

the angry young man who would write the revolutionary

material just ahead.

2. In plates 5 and 8 of Europe Rintrah is pictured as a

mailed knight of the queens of England and France,

daughters of Enitharmon, who entice Rintrah into the

hideous war between the two countries.

3. Rintrah's identity is best seen in The Four Zoas:

And these are the Sons of Los & Enitharmon. Rintrah Palamabron

Theotormon Bromion Antamon Ananton Ozoth Ohana

Sotha Mydon Ellayol Natho Gon Harhath Satan

Har Ochim Ijim Adam Reuben Simeon Levi Judah Dan Naphtali

Gad Asher Issachar Zebulun Joseph Benjamin David Solomon

Paul Constantine Charlemaine Luther Milton

(FZ8-107.6 Erdman 380)

4. At the beginning of Milton (Plates 3-7) we have The

Bard's Song. Rintrah has a prominent place here.

Enitharmon - The Shadowy Female - has brought forth all

Los's Family: Orc, Rintrah, Palamabron, and finally

Satan. We see these last three in Plate 10. Satan is the fiery one; Rintrah is next, and behind Rintrah is his peaceable brother, Palamabron.

(Elsewhere Blake referred to Satan as a state, not an

individual. He is the 'state of Error'.)

There is further infomation


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