Author Archives: kmartinezmelchor

Bittersweet

Kimberly Martinez-Melchor Humberto Garcia English 190 May 1, 2018 From the Sciences to the Arts: Timeless English Literature   Coming into my freshman year here at UC Merced I had a plan already set in stone; I was going to study human biology and obtain some sort of medical internship during my time here which […] Continue reading

Posted in bittersweet, Blake, reflection, Reflective Essay (5/2) | Comments Off on Bittersweet

Pulsing Head & Deranged Thoughts: I don’t know what I just wrote.

By examining the engraved images of what is clearly a depiction of a man performing oral sex towards another man is actually an engraving that is supposed to portray Blake’s encounter with Los (further explained in the footnotes). By taking a closer look at the detail of both images, both of the men are presented […] Continue reading

Posted in contrary, Imagination, liberation, Los, masterbation, sexuality, The Last Judgment (4/4-4/11) | Comments Off on Pulsing Head & Deranged Thoughts: I don’t know what I just wrote.

A Bunch of Eternal Mumble Jumble

Although the first book of Milton A Poem read nothing but mumble jumble to me as I read it, I seemed to be aided by not only the Blake Dictionary, but also drawing from past discussions in class. I came to the conclusion that the reason why Milton feels he must “go down to self annihilation […] Continue reading

Posted in death, delight, eternal, immaginative, infinite, mumblejumble, The Last Judgment (11/6-11/13), William Blake's reception | Comments Off on A Bunch of Eternal Mumble Jumble

Issac Newton: Enitharmon’s Loud Alarm Clock

Although Enitharmon is this embodiment of “spiritual beauty”, Blake uses her character in Europe a Prophecy to represent the idea of female domination, as well as the limitation of women exploring their sexuality, preventing them from reaching the imaginative. Enitharmon’s character is a representation of humanity’s ability to flourish, but does not through the mode of […] Continue reading

Posted in " Enlightenment Period, Enitharmon, joy, nets, Religion, Scientific Revolution, sexuality, The Flames of Orc (3/14), William Blake's reception | Comments Off on Issac Newton: Enitharmon’s Loud Alarm Clock

Off with the Wise Man’s Head

It is has been well established that Blake’s poetic genius attempts to get us out of our Urizen state, and ultimately reach that state of Los. In Blake’s annotations of Watson’s “Apology for the Bible” he reinforces that idea by claiming that “Our judgement of right & wrong is Reason” (Blake, 456). Thomas Paine seems […] Continue reading

Posted in Empire vs. Revolution (2/28), freedom, Los, power to the people, Urizen, Urizenic Law, William Blake's reception, wise men | Comments Off on Off with the Wise Man’s Head

“The Heart Pathos”

Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was a religious reformer better known for as a bishop of the Moravian church. He along with other Moravian followers believed in the the importance of our five senses, and the idea that attaining a relationship with God lies not in following order and practices, but through more of a […] Continue reading

Posted in Christ and the Body (9/25), infinite, Los, Poetic Genius, senses, Urizen, William Blake's reception | Comments Off on “The Heart Pathos”

Are you the Eagle or the Crow?

When first reading the Proverbs of Hell, I read them as Hell’s version of the “Ten Commandments” simply from the title of the piece itself. However, after closely reading the piece, I came to the realization that it served more as a “list of truths and revelations”. Blake does not take a side in regards […] Continue reading

Posted in crow, eagle, evil, freedom, good, Proverbs of Hell (2/14), truth, William Blake's reception | Comments Off on Are you the Eagle or the Crow?

Childhood: A Time of Laughter, or a Time of Weeping?

Have you ever caught yourself rewatching a film you watched as a child, or listen to a song you heard growing up, and finally understood the dark, or “scandalous” humor/lyrics used that you never understood as a child? I know it happens to me a lot, especially within my four years here in college. The reason […] Continue reading

Posted in childhood, Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (2/7), laughter, Poetic Genius, weeping, William Blake's reception | Comments Off on Childhood: A Time of Laughter, or a Time of Weeping?

That thing they Call Childhood

Joy is born without knowing the sorrows of the world his soul is pure and untainted worry free and care free, he smiles Joy is born His mother rocks his cradle back and forth forth and back she hums a sweet melody all the while weeping in fear fear of the time that is to […] Continue reading

Posted in childhood, coming of age, God, injustice, Innocence, Eden, and Childhood (1/27), William Blake's reception | Comments Off on That thing they Call Childhood