William Blake's Role Of Jewish Literature In Western Literature

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The poet and artist William Blake spoke about the role of Jewish literature in shaping western civilization he states that "the Old and New Testaments are the Great Code of Art." Northrop Frye, whose Anatomy of Criticism is the third most frequently cited twentieth century work in the humanities and arts, states that in a sense all his critical work, beginning with a study of Blake which was published in 1947, and formulated ten years later in Anatomy of Criticism, has revolved around the Bible." Starting from Dante’s The Divine Comedy to John Milton 's Paradise Lost and Thomas Mann 's Joseph and His Brothers, the Bible has directly or indirectly inspired many of the greatest masterpieces of world literature. The Joseph cycle from the Book of Genesis was chosen by Mann, the greatest German novelist of the twentieth century as the subject matter for "his 'pyramid '...the great literary monument that he hoped would tower over all the other works for which he is now remembered." The Book of Genesis was arguably also the inspiration for The Tempest, William Shakespeare 's great farewell to the stage. Although Shakespeare is generally considered not to have been subjected to or bound by religious rule while as a poet and playwright, his work is rich in Biblical influences and allusions.

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