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Reflective Essay: Ethics within English

Often times there is a  debate between discourses and whether or not they are valuable. Despite what the popular socially constructed beliefs are, I firmly believe that every discourse serves a purpose. Specifically, one discourse that has changed my perception of various aspects of education, social spheres, and cultures in English. Thus, has taught me […] Continue reading

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Children of Britain: Examining William Blake’s Song of Innocence and Experience

Research Proposal & Annotated Bibliography In my paper, I will be discussing Marxism in a general sense and interpellation within a few poems of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. Initially, for this paper, I will start at the wake of the Industrial Revolution and how it affected child labor within Britain. The main […] Continue reading

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Ololon’s Sexual Annihilation Through Milton

Comparing Blake’s Milton’s self-annihilation in Book one to Ololon’s self-annihilation in Book Two, Milton’s process refers to the fragility of humanity and the power within the reconciliation of female perceptions; whereas Ololon’s self-annihilation refers to the loss of her virginity–loss of institutionalized female oppression. In Book two, Ololon is a virgin seeking to figure out […] Continue reading

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Process: Shedding for Wrath

For Hongxi Su’s post titled, “Eternal Salvation Through the Eternal Death of Selfhood,” explains how Milton’s path of supposed righteousness has changed and therefore false. In essence, Milton must self-annihilate all previous materialistic ideologies through his self-sacrifice. As Hongxi Su expresses, “selfhood is a representation of the individual’s identity in the material world,” which is […] Continue reading

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Becoming the Woman

Why does Milton need to “go down to self-annihilation and eternal death”? (book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162) From Blake’s “Milton: Book 1,” one can interpret the passage as Milton’s character enveloped within the poem in part as well as re-iterating or reinterpreting adaptations of his book, “Paradise Lost.” Thus, the phrase, “go […] Continue reading

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Urizen’s Pose of Triumph and Failure

In reference to Urizen’s tears in Blake’s work, “The Songs of Los,” signifies a rather triumphant war over the world specifically binding all of Earth’s human dwellers centering around Africa. So, I disagree that Urizen’s tears are due to his remorse, but rather his seemingly apparent triumph over the imaginary, the contradictory, the radical, and […] Continue reading

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Los & Orc’s War on Oppression

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 Blake’s poems from, “Europe a Prophecy,” various references of biblical nature are adapted […] Continue reading

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Deconstructing Institutions

Thus, far we have read various passages of Blake’s works, noting interpretations and meaning of such works. Interestingly enough, Blake has presented his distaste in binaries either from ideologies like right &  wrong, just & unjust, female & male, etc. Including, radical ideas like getting rid of institutionalized ideologies the evade within our social spheres. […] Continue reading

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Opposing given Polarities

William Blake’s, “Proverbs of Hell,” seem strings of religious and radical ideas meshed together in a confusing manner. However, the dissection between the religious and the radical, their oppositions and similarities, as well as their “good,” and “evil,” are interconnected within both spheres. In essence, it seems as if Blake’s suggestion between The Marriage of […] Continue reading

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Cloak Innocence Must Fade

The poems, “The Laughing Song,” in Song of Innocence and, “The Voice of the Ancient Bard,” from Songs of Experience by William Blake, are immensely contrasted within the content. For example, the poem, “The Laughing Song,” appears to be a non-sensical yet joyful poem about a happy laughing world. In a world, where the “voice […] Continue reading

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