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Author Archives: jaimeewatson98
Why does Milton need to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death”? (book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162) Milton needed to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death” because the second coming was soon arriving, which is where Milton would meet his last judgement. After the Bard sang, “there was a […] Continue reading
How are the engraved images of male-to-male oral sex (simulated or actual?) related to self-annihilation? Examine the two images below in the context of the second book’s conclusion (pages 200-3) The simulated (or actual) act of oral sex (or masturbation) relates to self-annihilation in the sense that one is freeing themselves from slavery. What brought […] Continue reading
In Jose’s blog post, he explains how much Blake’s favorite writer and creator, John Milton, influenced him and his works. This plate displays Milton entering Blake’s left foot, suggesting Milton is inside of Blake. Jose recognizes this interaction between Milton and Blake by pointing out Blake’s calling for Miltons power “down the nerves of [his] […] Continue reading
I do not agree with the statement, “Urizen’s weeping at the end of Blake’s “Asia” section in The Song of Los (Plate 7, line 42; p. 112) symbolizes remorse for all his injustices against humanity.” Understanding that Urizen is the embodiment of Satan and only wishes for the demise of humanity, it is unlikely for him to […] Continue reading
Prompt: In Plate 12, line 5 (p. 101), why is Enitharmon’s eighteenth hundred year-old slumber described as a “female dream”? According to the Blake Dictionary, “Enitharmon” is inspired by Blakes wife, Catherine Blake who seems to take pride in her femininity and womanhood. It is also made apparent that Enitharmons “emblem is the moon”, the […] Continue reading
Through my interpretation of The Little Black Boy, there are multiple similarities that realign between Blakes message and Paine’s radical ideals via his Swedenborgian-Moravian view of Christianity. There were a few points Paine made that stood out to me, that of which in themselves detest the social norm of slavery at that time. The first being […] Continue reading
Considering the many omitted lines from “Proverbs of Hell” in Manson’s reading, it suggests Manson’s interpretation of the poem centers in on personal experience and differences. During reading “Proverbs of Hell”, a few lines struck me. A few of those lines were, “A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees./ He whose […] Continue reading
The lack of the contrary between “The Chimney-Sweeper” and “The Little Black Boy” stresses Blakes questions on how we know that God exists and whether a “good” God who allows children of poorer circumstances to suffer is truly “good”. These non-contrarian poems assist in relaying the innocent perspective and tone of children for the circumstances […] Continue reading
Once lived a boy, with his mother’s love only known. Pa’ was around, but his love never shown. Ma’ would take him out to play, loved to observe the herd. The boy would point to Pa’ and say “Pa’”, Ma’ would speak no word. The boy grew and he knew Pa’ would make for him […] Continue reading
To understand Blakes message, “Israel delivered from Egypt is Art delivered from Nature & Imitation,” one must take into considerations Reynolds perspective on the matter. Reynolds believes that “a mere copier of nature can never produce anything great… instead of endeavoring to amuse mankind with the minute neatness of his imitations, he must endeavor to […] Continue reading