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==The Tigers of Wrath are Wiser than the Horses of Instruction==

The Tigers of Wrath are Wiser than the Horses of Instruction, oil on linen, 40"x30" © 1996 (private collection)

The Tigers of Wrath are Wiser than the Horses of Instruction is taken from William Blake's, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, wherein Blake investigates his notion of "Contraries." In my view, Blake's "Contraries" oppose each other, but they do not negate each other. Interacting simultaneously, in a complementary manner, these Contraries can be seen as giving birth to one another.

Specifically, The Tigers of Wrath are Wiser than the Horses of Instruction is taken from the Proverbs of Hell. A few excerpts from the Proverbs are as follows:

"Prisions are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion."
"The pride of the Peacock is the glory of God."
"Excess of sorrow Laughs. Excess of joy weeps."
"The fox condemns the trap, not himself."
"What is now proved was once only imagined."
"The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow."
"The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction."
"The apple tree never asks the beech how he shall grow, nor the lion the horse how he shall take his prey."
"The catterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys."


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