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Hallmarks of a Great Writer

Sara Nuila-Chae Prof. Garcia ENG 190 2 May 2018 Reflective Essay for ENG 190 My cumulative experience as an English major was not terrible. I came into this major not knowing much about critical theory and the mechanics of prose, poetry, and the novel. I guess my experience coming into the major relied heavily on […] Continue reading

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Bounding the Poetic Genius

In plate 2 of William Blake’s “Milton: Book the First”, the oppressed poetic Genius is revealed within the renowned poet John Milton, author of Paradise Lost. Blake writes how the poetic Genius is called upon in Milton through various physical awareness, specifically focusing on tactile imagery (that of touch), to highlight this. Blake mentions how […] Continue reading

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Revolution to Combat Oppression: Urizen’s Tears

In Blake’s “The Song of Los”, several biblical parallels can be drawn, including the reference to Adam and Eve’s conception, fall, and Jesus ‘arrival. At the end of the poem, Urizen, who acts as an allegory for Christianity’s God, weeps at the ending of Los’ song (112). During Los’ song, humanity was under a spell […] Continue reading

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Woman’s Power: Chastity, Seduction, & Flirtation

Enitharmon’s eighteen-hundred-year-old slumber is described as the “female dream” because it epitomizes all that Enitharmon wanted. As described in S. Foster Damon’s A Blake Dictionary, Enitharmon is a free woman, and hopes to use her freedom and indoctrinate man with the belief that woman have more power (Damon 132a). To exert her dominance and power […] 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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Renaming the Trinity

Blake’s “A Song of Liberty” in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is indicative of Blake’s Moravian background in the imagery of his work, particularly in the symbolism of the Eternal Female. Moravian tradition proposed that the Trinity was composed not of an all-male cast, but rather, two males, and a female, as the Holy […] Continue reading

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

William Blake’s 8th proverb of Hell, in which he explores the acquisition of wisdom through an authority figure uses contrasting animal symbols of wisdom and meekness to show how information is controlled by those in power and backed by a false religious ideology. Although speaking in the voice of Satan, Blake brings up provoking and […] Continue reading

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Reinterpreting “Holy Thursday”: The consequences of being (Un)Charitable

In William Blake’s Songs of Innocence, “Holy Thursday”, partaking in the religious is a communal affair, one that the youth is a part of; the children are in a way facilitating the religious. The last stanza is indicative of this: “Now like a mighty wind they raise to heaven the voice of song Or like […] Continue reading

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A Child Sleeps

Alexander the Great squirmed in his sheets, His mother over him beckoning him to sleep He closed his eyes and tried to dream Of pleasant hills and glistening streams   His mother thought him an Angel mild, “Dreaming of kisses, fairies, sunshine, sweet child” On his face innocence had dreamt Though not of nice things, […] Continue reading

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