And Did Those Feet?

Two hundred years ago William Blake wrote the words to what has become Britain's unofficial but best loved anthem. In this programme the poet and critic Tom Paulin tells the story of Jerusalem.

He explores the poem as Blake wrote it, explains its original meaning and how later music and new meanings have become attached. We find out about the first uses of the musical version at rallies in support of Votes for Women, as well as darker uses of the song as a patriotic anthem for the far right.

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Two hundred years ago William Blake wrote the words to what has become Britain's unofficial but best loved anthem. In this programme the poet and critic Tom Paulin tells the story of Jerusalem.

He explores the poem as Blake wrote it, explains its original meaning and how later music and new meanings have become attached. We find out about the first uses of the musical version at rallies in support of Votes for Women, as well as darker uses of the song as a patriotic anthem for the far right.