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An Inspired Devil

When William Blake refers to Thomas Paine as ““either a Devil or an Inspired Man” in Watson’s Apology for a Bible, he is further accepting and emphasizing not only the potential genius in Evil itself, but also the necessity of a faith that is between Christianity and Satanism (456). He strongly displays these radical beliefs […] Continue reading

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Cursed Attributes of Humanity

In his compiled work Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake conveys several unconventional ideas and concepts inspired by Moravian beliefs, including a heavy emphasis on the body and the soul. In the first of  four “A Memorable Fancy” passages, Blake writes about encounters with the infernal depths of Hell while collecting the Proverbs of […] Continue reading

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To Sulk Upon My Joyful Mother’s Breast

In William Blake’s “Infant Joy” within his compilation of Songs of Innocence, the jubilant speaker sings of joy in hopes that a newborn infant will find it in life, yet it is not made clear if the speaker is the mother or the baby themselves. In his companion piece “Infant Sorrow” found within his Songs […] Continue reading

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Finding Joy

Moments upon birth, joy was all Joy could hope for in his newfound future, blissfully innocent and ignorant of the horrors that he was destined to bare that would threaten this clear vision of life. Born with black skin and a white soul, he struggled to obtain joy when people with white skin and black […] Continue reading

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Truths and Ideals

In Sir Joshua Reynold’s analysis in his work “The Discourses of Art,” he proposes that “a mere copier of nature can never produce anything great,” implying that a true artistic genius must “[captivate] the imagination” through their own accord only (41-42). The graffiti inscribed on William Blake’s “The Lacoon” echoes his own stance on the […] Continue reading

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