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Revising Human Complexities

Throughout my undergraduate English career, I’ve had many opportunities to reevaluate the world around me through the context of insightful literary works and activities, as well as improve my critical thinking and writing skills. From what began as a doubtful decision towards a path that I had previously given up on turned into field that […] Continue reading

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We N E E D Contraries

The following is the abstract for my research paper in-progress: William Blake’s philosophy of progression through contraries seems like a counter-intuitive direction for the ever-growing world of humanity, yet it might be the solution to creating a more promising future, even if it means gathering inspiration from unconventional morality, afterlives, and overall logic. As such, […] Continue reading

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Embracing Self-Annihilation

Near the end of Book II of his famed work Milton, William Blake shows his readers suggestive pictures of male figures participating in oral sex while also focusing heavily on the topic of “self-annihilation”. While the act itself does not self-annihilate through giving up one’s life, it serves its purpose by entering the realm of […] Continue reading

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False Forgiveness

In Alejandro’s post, he argues that the character Milton in Milton a Poem begs God for forgiveness due to his “self-righteous” and indulgent nature. The plate above would compliment this post well as it depicts the relationship between Milton and God, as Milton seemingly reaches for him in grief and atonement. This plate could also […] Continue reading

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Milton Beyond the Grave

In the first part of his grand poem Milton, William Blake comes up with his own various interpretations of his favorite writer and creator of Paradise Lost, John Milton. In his recounting of his life and call to use some of Milton’s energy in his own writing, it is clear that Milton had to “go down […] Continue reading

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Five Senses Are Not Enough

Amidst the extensive sea of William Blake mythology and lore is Urizen, a key character that represents the logical half of Blake’s dual fundamentals that consist of reason and imagination. While he spreads new knowledge is some areas of the world, he is also notorious for “spreading despair” which alludes to his eventual “downfall into […] Continue reading

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A Woman’s World

In his work Europe A Prophecy, William Blake uses various characters and ideas that are amalgamations from his very mind, one of which is inspired by his wife Catherine Blake named Enintharmon who represents the essence of womanhood as “the Eternal Female” (Blake Dictionary 125). In “A Prophecy,” Enintharmon falls into a deep sleep for […] Continue reading

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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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