Can we talk about this? I've read it a couple times now for one of my classes and I'm still unable to grasp completely what Blake is talking about. I understand that he's advocating for the existence of both good and evil, but what else? Which of the proverbs matter most and why?
To expand a bit, I'm interested by the lines:
"The cut worm forgives the plow."
"The fox condemns the trap not himself."
In the first I assume the worm is forgiving the object itself and not the wielder of the object.
And if the fox is cunning why would he condemn the trap instead of himself for falling into the trap? And why not condemn the setter of the trap?
At the simplest level, God made the world and he made it perfect. Therefore Heaven and Hell are both perfect, and their Good and Evil is also perfect.
You can also see this when Blake has the dream about the Angel taking him to hell and telling him how much his life is going to suck for him down there and he just keeps chilling because he knows God and the universe is good.
>"The cut worm forgives the plow."
>"The fox condemns the trap not himself."
Compared to animals, man is like God. So when we are "cut" and "condemned," we forgive God for letting us die because it's his will and therefore the best possible for us.
Look at Thel experiencing the same thing. She knows she'll be wormfood one day but doesn't hate and turn away from God because of it.