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Aesthetics of System-Building

The William Blake course has opened my eyes to ways of systematizing. School is a systematizing experience. I grew up systematized by religion, and studied stories about God written by people who I assumed knew God. I learned more about myself than God in these experiences, but also because I can feel for Blake. Blake […] Continue reading

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Blake’s Private Affairs: Censoring Poetic Genius

The engraving from William Blake’s Plate 49 depicting Los engaged in sodomy is a non-secular subject in which Blake explicitly alludes to (but does not name) the tyrannical government in power- most likely of Napoleon’s, but openly assigned to treat authorities such as our current Trump presidency. Along with the anthropocentric charges, “Who creeps into […] Continue reading

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Problems of Satirical Representation: Milton and the Female Muse

William Blake’s Milton “Book the First” is introduced with images of Beulah and her daughters. This reminded me of the image of Oothoon surrounded by both her tormented lover and rapist.  Milton’s emanations are for Blake the earthly contradictions beheld in the “heavens of Albion,” (148). Death and annihilation are central themes for Blake, but […] Continue reading

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Decolonizing Blake’s Urizen: Film and Formations of the Tiger

by Bradley Dexter Christian William Blake in Europe A Prophecy and The Song of Los is consistently hybridizing animal presence- whether eagles’ wings, snaky thunders, or the lions and “tigers [which] couch upon the prey & suck the ruddy tide,” (Blake 106) subtended by themes and imagery of royal monarchy as it pertains to Blake’s […] Continue reading

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Forging Satirical Currencies on Enitharmon’s Face

There’s people who like to talk about sex, others are having it, like “Terrible Orc […] beheld,” (Blake 106), pictured in William Blake’s Europe A Prophecy Plate 18 with a Romantic backdrop, “vineyards” in France, accompanied by neoclassical descriptions of war, “golden chariot raging” which carries double entendre, “furious terrors flew around” has sexually explicit […] Continue reading

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Kickin’ it with William Blake (in Hell)

William Blake gets mixed up with the wrong crowd in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. He summons demons that help to resurrect Aristotle’s Analytics in skeleton dream-form, and then proceeds to watch cannibal monkeys perform a religious sacrifice. He should have listened when his momma warned him to look out for guys like that, and even […] Continue reading

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William Blake Conversion Therapy

The sarcastic tone and presentation, beginning with Marilyn Manson’s description of being a generous lover, in his reading of William Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell are complementary and yet sardonic pieces. Editorial footnotes in Blake’s Poetry and Designs indicate that the plate title images are depicting the conversion of an angel, into the so-called devil. Repetitive instances of the […] Continue reading

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“Pixar Movie about a Tiger/Beetle” by Bradley Dexter Christian Dual powers contend in William Blake’s “A Dream” from Songs of Innocence and “The Tyger” from Songs of Experience, reminding me of the climax from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book in which the main antagonist, a tiger (Shere Khan) battles the Red Flower. The poems illustrate […] 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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Juvenile Progress in Defining Blake’s Poetic Genius

Graffiti art demonstrates the anti-iconoclastic tensions which arise in Sir Joshua Reynold’s critical definition of art. Continue reading

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