Monthly Archives: October 2013

Why so many “Moravian” animals?

This post is a response to the previous post’s fourth question,  ”Does the line ‘The Tigers couch upon the prey & suck the ruddy tide’ (Europe 18/15:7; page 106) allude to a Moravian view of Christianity or, literally, to images of fearful tigers in other Blake poems (such as ‘The Tyger’ for instance)?” Firstly, why […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Have you ever read a book that touched your heart so deeply that you will never forget the impact of each character? A book that you simply could not stop finding favorite quotes from to keep in your reading journal? A book that you have no desire to put down even after the last word […] Continue reading

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Marvelous Picture Books: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Just about everyone knows the story of Lilly, the adorable little mouse, and her purple plastic purse. This infamous book written by the also infamous Kevin Henkes still stands as a favorite, even over a decade after it was published. Lilly is a favorite character by many. Although she is a mouse, her actions are […] Continue reading

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Series Saturday: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

This week, I chose to continue on with last Saturday’s series book and review Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In the second installment of J.K. Rowling’s award winning series, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are back for their second year at Hogwarts School or Witchcraft and Wizardry. After several strange and life-threatening events, it becomes […] Continue reading

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Free Choice Friday: Library Lion

A lion in the library?  For Free Choice Friday, I chose to review Library Lion written by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.  This book is about a lion who decides to start visiting the library for storybook time.  The head librarian, Miss Merriweather, loves rules and believes that there are no excuses for breaking […] Continue reading

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Good Grief, It’s Mother’s Day! by Charles M. Schulz

This book was about Charlie Brown and his friends trying to find what they are going to get for their mothers on Mother’s Day. Everyone wants to do something different. Lucy  bought a card and her brother Linus made a card himself. Snoopy wrote a letter to his mom and his friend Woodstock wanted to […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursday: The Travels of Babar

In honor of Traditional Thursday, I read The Travels of Babar.  Jean de Brunhoff wrote this book in French in 1934, and Merle Haas translated it for English readers.  This is the story of Babar, the elephant, and his wife Celeste who have embarked on a trip that goes terribly wrong and the adventures they face […] Continue reading

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Re-volution or the End of History?

For this Wednesday (10/23), students have the option to write a post on ONE of the four prompt questions: 1. Why does Blake deviate from the Biblical account in making Adam and Noah contemporaries? (SoL, Plate 3; 6, 7; p. 109)   2. What is the significance of Urizen’s weeping at the end of “Asia”? (Plate 7, line […] Continue reading

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Newton’s Revolution

Enitharmon sleeps for 1800 years, only to be awoken by Newton’s blowing of the trump. In order to understand Newton’s role in this scene, we must first understand Enitharmon’s slumber. Enitharmon’s slumber begins with the birth of Christ and ends 1800 years later, at the beginning of the French Revolution. Also, her slumber is highly […] Continue reading

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Newton and the Creative Awakening

Before addressing the trump that awakes Enitharmon, we must first understand the significance of the slumber.  At this point in our study of Blake we are very familiar with his opposition of repetitive action, leaving individuals to thoughtlessly follow a predetermined pattern.  Within this framework, Enitharmon’s “slumber” represents her enslavement in the dull round and […] Continue reading

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