Monthly Archives: February 2018

Idea Map of the French Revolution Debate

Below is an idea map of the French Revolution debate students collectively put together.  The green marker represents Thomas Paine; purple, Edmund Burke; blue, Richard Price; and red, William Blake.  This map is a useful study aid for thinking about Blake’s political views and historical moment. Oh, yes….there is no blog post due this week! […] Continue reading

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Religion and Politics

Blake engages with the French revolutionary debates in his “A Song of Liberty.” Thomas Paine, who also engages in those same debates, believes that “There never did, there never will, and there never can, exist a parliament, or any description of men, or any generation of men, in any country, possess of the right or […] Continue reading

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Like-minded: Blake and Paine

Blake calls Paine a better Christian than the Bishop, but does not clarify what type of Christian he is referring to. What he means to say about him may vary depending on the connotation of being a Christian. In An Apology for the Bible, Blake says, “There is a vast difference between an accident brought […] Continue reading

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité

Blake’s marginalia deeming Paine “either a Devil or an Inspired Man” (456) is indicative of his admiration for Pain because throughout the works of Blake we see him develop the devil as a character that is calling for inquiry on a system that he is advised to not question. In The Marriage of Heaven and […] Continue reading

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The Poetic Genius and Skáldskaparmál

William Blake’s marginalia to An Apology for the Bible finally gives me textual evidence to say: The Poetic Genius is rooted in Norse Mythology. I know that doesn’t in any way answer the question “Where do we see Swedenborgian-Moravian Christianity in Blake’s works,” but I’m here to tell you that when it comes to the Poetic […] Continue reading

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Upending Revolution with Government

An increasingly common theme we begin to see among Blake is his hatred of limiting rules and regulations, that patronize the imagination if not stifle it completely. Thomas Paine in his various works appears to echo these same sentiments, albeit through the lens of the political. In his book, Common Sense, he writes that “government […] Continue reading

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The Pain of Will

Though William Blake is not anti-religious as Thomas Paine is, they both share a similar distaste for the church and state and how they operate (rule) society. In Thomas Paine’s “The Rights of Man Part 1”, he argues against the fallacy of his government: “what is government more than the management of the affairs of […] Continue reading

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Off with the Wise Man’s Head

It is has been well established that Blake’s poetic genius attempts to get us out of our Urizen state, and ultimately reach that state of Los. In Blake’s annotations of Watson’s “Apology for the Bible” he reinforces that idea by claiming that “Our judgement of right & wrong is Reason” (Blake, 456). Thomas Paine seems […] Continue reading

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Everybody has choices.

William Blake mentions a diverse set of topics throughout his writing. Much of his writing we’ve read thus far consists of innocence, womanhood, and the distinction between “good” and “evil.” This religious theme and connotations of good and evil can be explicitly seen in Blake’s “A Memorable Fancy.” For instance, the speaker goes on to […] Continue reading

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William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2018-02-27 22:16:13

So far, what we do know of Blake’s beliefs regarding Swedonborg and the Moravian Church in is that Swedonborg is a false proclaimer; that he claims to have realized certain beliefs before others have. “Now hear a plain fact: Swedonborg has not written one new truth:/ Now hear another: he has written all the old […] Continue reading

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