Monthly Archives: August 2013


Braid was a very interesting game. At first it is reminiscent of the old Super Mario games. Like Mario Braid is a 2-dimensional platform game. The first noticeable difference between the two games is the artistry within braid. It is a much more vivid world than Super Mario. Other than the visuals the game plays […] Continue reading

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Braid (the game, not the hair)

First off, you should know I am only kind of a gamer. ”Kind of” meaning playing Lego LOTR with one of my little brothers and CoD with the other one. Zero experience with computer games. So playing Braid was . . . different (and difficult). I found the music and the artistic look of the entire […] Continue reading

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Battling Braid

Starting off playing Braid, it was fairly reminiscent of the original Super Mario Bros games. Sure, it’s a more animated, up to date version, but the basic concept appeared the same. You maneuver through this alternate 2D world by walking left and right, jumping on little enemies and collecting pieces on your way to saving […] Continue reading

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Satirizing Art, Religion, and Politics

Blake’s inscription, “Israel delivered from Egypt is Art delivered from Nature & Imitation,” is just one of many nonsensical phrases scrawled onto “The Laocoon.” When examined in the context of Reynolds’ Discourse of Art, it becomes clear that Blake is using “The Laocoon” to satirize Reynolds. In Discourse of Art, Reynolds claims “a mere copier […] Continue reading

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Thinking Outside the Box (of Imitation and Nature)

One of the things I have loved the most about Blake in my first few days of encountering his work is the constant not only opportunity, but obligation he offers his readers for interpretation. Moreover, it is not enough for Blake to simply force you to consider and offer possible interpretations of his works; he […] Continue reading

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Deforming Great Art

The analogy “Israel deliverd from Egypt is Art deliverd from Nature & Imitation” is about slavery and deliverance in relation to art. Blake is saying that an artist who imitates other artists or nature is enslaved. I think this print is as much about the reception of art as its creation because Blake wants us […] Continue reading

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Genius in Captivity

With Sir Joshua Reynolds leading the dominant opinion on art and poetic genius, Blake faced an idea of genius in bondage. Reynolds’ idea of genius is one of definite limits, one whose purpose lies solely in the perfection of the natural world and the communication of physical experience. Art and genius are to be learned […] Continue reading

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Defining the Poetic Genius

In Blake’s “The Lacoon,” the graffiti artist scrawls on the lower left margin of the image, “Israel deliverd from Egypt is Art deliverd from Nature & Imitation” (352). What does this cryptic analogy imply about Blake’s attitude toward art’s political and religious dimension, especially in the context of his scornful reaction to Sir Joshua Reynold’s […] Continue reading

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Pre-Viking travel

Vikings didn’t find Faroes first (they were 500 years late) By Josephine Lethbridge, The Conversation The Faroe Islands could have been inhabited 500 years earlier than was previously thought, according to a startling archaeological discovery. The islands had been thought to be originally colonised by the Vikings in the 9th century AD. However, dating of […] Continue reading

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Blake’s “And did those feet in ancient times”

Blake’s “Jerusalem” hymn performed by the London Symphany Orchestra at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (“Kate”) Middleton, April 2011 Click on this link to see the full poem. Discussion Question: How did a hymn that calls for the radical remaking of England as the New Jerusalem become today a nationalist symbol of the British monarchy, […] Continue reading

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