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Blake and Systems of Incarceration

In my paper, I will discuss Blake’s depiction of prisons and systems of incarceration within his work. This paper argues that through Blake’s usage of dark imagery (prisons, castle, mills, etc.) he symbolically rejects both literal physical forms of imprisonment during following the French Revolution as well as mental/ societal forms of institutional imprisonment. Blake […] Continue reading

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Self Improvement vs. Self-Destruction

The end of William Blake’s Milton, reveals powerful, provoking images of what appears to be two men engaging in oral sexual activities. In response to the question of how the engraved images of male-to-male oral sex relate to self-annihilation, I pose the idea that the two figures in the images are really alternative versions of one’s true […] Continue reading

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Illustration Suggestion

In response to Priscilla’s Blog Post, “God is a Woman,” I feel this illustration by Blake paints a strong example of the ideas posed in her argument. Priscilla writes that book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162 captures a moment where Milton enters a realm of self realization. She writes on how this part […] Continue reading

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Poetic Genius vs. Evil Genius

Why does Milton need to “go down self annihilation and eternal death” ?(book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162)   William Blake and Milton were alike in that both creatives were open to the exploration of ideas greatly repressed during the era of their time, including those in which were embedded in religion and […] Continue reading

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Tears That Transcend

Urizen is a key character amongst the world of Blake whom captivates reason and rationality in a dangerous, threatening form. He is defined as “more than what we commonly understand by ‘reason’ as he is the limiter of Energy, the lawmaker, and the avenging conscience.”(Damon, S. Foster. A Blake Dictionary, Dartmouth College Press. Kindle Edition.) […] Continue reading

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A Dream of Desire Paints Reality of Repression

Blake’s illustration of Enitharmon’s eighteen hundred year-old slumber described as a “female dream,” can be analyzed through the picking apart of what her dream was actually about, the context to which surrounds her dream, as well as the symbolism behind Enitharmon’s name/ identity. When looking up her name’s meaning, Enitharmon is defined as the “source […] Continue reading

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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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