Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Contrary States: Shifting Perspectives

For next Wednesday (9/18), students will analyze a poem from The Songs of Experience that has a “contrary” or negative twin poem in The Songs of Innocence.  How do these contrary poems/designs mutually inform, interrupt, or revise each other in a manner that is not apparent when these poems are read in isolation? Alternatively, students […] Continue reading

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We Are What They Tell Us to Eat

William Blake has given me a framework to reflect on our relationship with the living world I inhabit. I have arranged three of his plates above to highlight our connected histories and fate with nature. The three plates I chose demonstrate never-ending relationships of language, gender, religion, freedom and so forth. But I think they […] Continue reading

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Hitchcock Blake

Reading Blake’s Songs of Innocence in parallax with the horror movie cliches founded in the works of film director, Alfred Hitchcock allows for a humorous yet insightful meditation of modern day applications in popular media for aiding and addressing mental illness and prison reform. Continue reading

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William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2018-01-31 09:47:09

The following story line reveals the “Innocence” of a child’s understanding, or lack thereof.  While in some of the writings I wrote the mother as the speaker, it is to be inferred that the child is listening, but again with a naivety.  Blake wrote much about the innocence of children in “Songs of Innocence.”  In […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesday: Freedom in Congo Square

For this Winner Wednesday post, I chose the book Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie. The book was published in 2016 by Little Bee Books, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Group. This book was a 2017 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book. The […] Continue reading

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The Boy and the Lamb

The boy’s mama loved him so she set him down; Laid him low with the lonely lamb. He stroke the lamb’s face that wears the frown, The face of one who is afraid of brutal man. The lamb’s white wool clean and bright Like his fair and youthful skin, light. He comforts him on the […] Continue reading

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That thing they Call Childhood

Joy is born without knowing the sorrows of the world his soul is pure and untainted worry free and care free, he smiles Joy is born His mother rocks his cradle back and forth forth and back she hums a sweet melody all the while weeping in fear fear of the time that is to […] Continue reading

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The Old Geezer w/ the Beard

Our bodies were warm in the sun of morn, As the other kids began to tease out my name. “What a dork; he still needs mommy’s permission.”   Tugging on her arm, I cried, “please mama,” Her gaze went over my head, “it is not up to me “Child. Ask your father. And take your […] Continue reading

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The Voice Alone Crying in the Wilderness

Tender and new is the baby born to thee His warm eyes shine through the somber night Filling the pastoral fields with glee Sadly, only for a second, now the plants have become full of blight! Tender and new is the child born to thee His laugh ringing like bells upon the doors of your […] Continue reading

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Tears of a Mother

She sat in lonely darkness admiring her new born baby, the light of the moon Shining down on the baby boy as he gently was rocked into a slumber of peace. She could feel the warmth of his angelic presence hit the deepest of her heart, A sigh braking the silence as she thought to […] Continue reading

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