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The Intimacy of Knowledge

William Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell,  is deeply influenced by Moravian beliefs, as Blake’s work moves to capture the essence of body, soul, intimacy, and illuminations of different perceptions of seeing the world as well as different parts of ourselves. As noted by Marsha Kieth Schuchard in “Young William Blake and the Moravian Tradition of Visionary […] Continue reading

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Stones Cut, Freedom Frees

“Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.” With this proverb, comes Blake’s bold aim at altering how humans view certain institution/ systems in our society. Here, Blake uses two separate contrastments: prisons with law, and brothels with religion. While at first, this proverb might grow as a striking proverb, due […] Continue reading

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To Allow One’s Sleep, Is to Allow One’s Dream

When reading “Little Girl Lost,” by William Blake, the first immediate difference that I noticed was the difference in detail, length of the poem, and specificity of imagery. “The Little Girl Lost” begins with two stanzas that appear to be describing a vision- a moment of clarity where one is able to reflect and shift […] Continue reading

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Heavenly Father, Why You So Far Away?

  Did you leave me or did I grow a part from you?  Were you truly always beside me or have I been to naive in believing so?  Did I abandon you or did I grow smart in realizing you are not there?  “Heavenly Father, why you so far away.” Blake’s work echoes both the […] Continue reading

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Life Imitates Life

In “The Discourses of Art,” Sir Joshua Reynold writes, “a mere copier of nature can never produce anything great,” also adding that “instead of endeavoring to amuse mankind with the minute neatness of his imitations, he must endeavor to improve by the grandeur of his ideas” (41-42). His take on art reflects his strong ideology […] Continue reading

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