Author Archives: hongxisu

William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2019-11-06 14:29:10

In Priscilla Ortega’s post, she argues that Milton’s self annihilation and eternal death is required to detach from the ideologies of the material world and to reconstruct oneself. This illustration supports her argument through the quote on the bottom, “To Annihilate the Self-hood of Deceit & False Forgiveness.” The Deceit and False Forgiveness is an […] Continue reading

Posted in The Last Judgment (11/6-11/13) | Comments Off on William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2019-11-06 14:29:10

Eternal Salvation through the Eternal Death of Selfhood

In William Blake’s Milton, Milton goes down to “self annihilation and eternal death” (Pl 15, ln 22) to attain eternal salvation. In the conclusion of the introduction in the first book, the narrator states, “mark well my words! they are of your eternal salvation” (Pl 2, ln 24). In other words, the story illustrated is […] Continue reading

Posted in Eternity, Last Judgement, Satan, The Last Judgment (11/6-11/13) | Comments Off on Eternal Salvation through the Eternal Death of Selfhood

Good or Evil or Good and Evil

I argue that in the conclusion of William Blake’s “Asia” in The Song of Los, Urizen’s weeping represents his remorse for the injustices he commited against humanity. In “Asia,” Urizen is flying over Europe when his “Books of brass iron & gold / Melted over the land as he flew” (Plate 7, line 14-15; p. […] Continue reading

Posted in Milton's Satan, Repentance, The Song of Los, Urizen's Tears (10/30), William Blake | Comments Off on Good or Evil or Good and Evil

Revolution through Poetry

In Plates 17 and 18, lines 37-39, 1-11 (p. 106), why does Los prepare for epic war along with Orc, who arrives with “furious terrors” and “golden chariots”? Explain the significance of this cosmic battle for Blake’s prophetic vision of Europe. In Europe A Prophecy, William Blake uses the character’s representation to demonstrate his perspective […] Continue reading

Posted in Europe a Prophecy, French Revolution, Poetic Genius, poetry, The Flames of Orc (10/23), William Blake | Comments Off on Revolution through Poetry

The Practicing of Herz-Lev

After reading, “Young William Blake and the Moravian Tradition of Visionary Art” by Marsha Schuchard, the Moravian influence in William Blake’s works are understandable. From Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, “The worship of God is. Honouring his gifts in other men each according to his genius. and loving the greatest men best, those who […] Continue reading

Posted in Christ and the Body (10/2), Moravian, William Blake | Comments Off on The Practicing of Herz-Lev

Meaning is Created through Opposites

“Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.” The proverb compares the consequences of Law and Religion. In the first half, the stones are being compared to the Law. The stones that construct the prison is what physically prevents the prisoners from leaving. However, the Law is the abstraction that contains […] Continue reading

Posted in law, meaning, Proverbs of Hell, Proverbs of Hell (9/25), Religion, truth, William Blake | Comments Off on Meaning is Created through Opposites

The Impoverished Flowers of London

  In The Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake, the poem “Holy Thursday” is in both collections, presenting a stark contrast that informs the conditions of impoverish children in London. “Holy Thursday” from The Songs of Innocence illustrates the external perspective of these children of poverty. The poem introduces the children as “innocent […] Continue reading

Posted in children, Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (9/18), poverty, Religion, Wiliiam Blake | Comments Off on The Impoverished Flowers of London

The Song of the Sacrificed

Who are the singers of the Songs of Innocence? An infant is born Two days old, He is nameless but happy. “Joy is my name,” He proclaimed. Joy is born with innocence and happiness. He and his Father, Walk through the mire And night befalls them. “Speak father or else I shall be lost” And […] Continue reading

Posted in children, Innocence, Eden, and Childhood (9/11), Sacrafice, Songs of Innocence, William Blake | Comments Off on The Song of the Sacrificed

The Necessity of God in Our Being

In the “Discourses on Art” by Sir Joshua Reynolds, he describes the process the Artist must experience to aspire the Ideal Beauty and its purpose. The Painter must examine the forms in nature continuously, until the artist has an idea of the central form. After comprehending the central form, the Painter must understand a variety […] Continue reading

Posted in art, Blake's philosophy of art (9/4), Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Blake | Comments Off on The Necessity of God in Our Being