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Reflective Essay

Reflective Essay One of the oldest and most influential justifications for the study of literature is that such study makes us better human beings.  While this is not necessarily true, the literary texts students have studied in and outside class present ethical conundrums, which force us to rethink our relationships with others, ourselves, and the […] Continue reading

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The Last Judgment is Perverse

For next week (4/11), students will answer ONE of the following two blog prompts about Blake’s Milton: 1. In book 2, plate 48-49, lns. 35-39, 1-15 (p. 202-203), does Ololon’s recognition of herself and Milton as “Contraries” result in her self-annihilation? If so, explain how her self-annihilation is similar to or different from Milton’s.  Feel […] Continue reading

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Blake’s Milton: the Quest for Self-Annihilation

For next Wednesday (4/4), students will answer the following question: Why does Milton need to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death”? (book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162) Because this poem is so dense and confusing, I ask that students provide a close reading of ONE of the six passages listed below […] Continue reading

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Re-volution or the End of History?

For this Wednesday (3/14), students have the option to write a post on ONE of the four prompt questions:   1. Why does Blake deviate from the Biblical account in making Adam and Noah contemporaries? (SoL, Plate 3; 6, 7; p. 109)   2. What is the significance of Urizen’s weeping at the end of “Asia”? (Plate 7, […] Continue reading

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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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Prophets against Empire

In his marginal comments to Watson’s An Apology for the Bible, Blake considers Thomas Paine’s secular enlightenment assault on revealed religion to be the work of “either a Devil or an Inspired Man” (456).  He also notes that “Paine is a better Christian than the Bishop” (460).  For next Wednesday (2/28), write a post that reflects […] Continue reading

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Prophets against Empire

In his marginal comments to Watson’s An Apology for the Bible, Blake considers Thomas Paine’s secular enlightenment assault on revealed religion to be the work of “either a Devil or an Inspired Man” (456).  He also notes that “Paine is a better Christian than the Bishop” (460).  For next Wednesday (2/28), write a post that reflects […] Continue reading

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Religion, Sex, and Art: Blake’s Moravian Connection

For next Wednesday (2/21), students will write a post that cites the scholarly article linked below to support a specific interpretation of Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: http://bq.blakearchive.org/40.3.schuchard Provide a close reading of ONE specific passage from Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell that, in your view, displays Moravian images, themes, and ideas.  Please […] Continue reading

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Infernal Wisdom and Marilyn Manson

For next Wednesday (2/14), students will write a post that explicates ONE of the “Proverbs of Hell.”  Please take the time to unpack the meanings of the images, symbols, themes, and paradoxes contained in these explosive proverbs or aphorisms.  What do the infernal wisdom of these proverbs imply about the genre of “The Marriage of […] Continue reading

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Guidelines for close reading

To help students with their interpretations and writing, please apply the five guidelines for close reading: Identify poetic voice, style, and form. Look for irony, paradox, ambiguity, and tension. Note those words, phrases, or images that seem odd or out- of-place. Note any important symbols, motifs, and themes. Is there anything missing from the text/artwork […] Continue reading

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