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My Journey

It all began with my seventh grade English teacher, Ms. Leon. Your typical Los Angeles bipolar weather: a mixture of cold wind with hot sun rays beaming right at your skin. Class resumed right after nutrition. I recall her standing at the center of the room, everyone’s eyes glaring at her presence. She began pacing […] Continue reading

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Survival of the fittest

Animals are a species that have learned to live by a popular phrase: “Survival of the fittest.” This idea of animals being “survivalist” in the world can be seen in book 2 of William Blake’s “Milton.” For example, he goes on to write that “All animals upon the Earth are prepared in strength / To […] Continue reading

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Good and Evil

Milton needs to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death” because he is the “Poetic Genius” who protects “Divine Humanity” (The Prophetic Books of William Blake). This idea of being the protector of the people correlates with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ died in order to save humanity […] Continue reading

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Appreciating non-eternal life

Reading William Blake’s, “Europe: A Prophecy,” a sense of irony in his decision to coin “eternal” and “worms” in the same sentence can be seen: “That an Eternal life awaits the worms of sixty winters” (Blake, A Prophecy). When the image and associations of worms cross one’s mind, usually death, decay, and dirt are evoked. […] Continue reading

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Everybody has choices.

William Blake mentions a diverse set of topics throughout his writing. Much of his writing we’ve read thus far consists of innocence, womanhood, and the distinction between “good” and “evil.” This religious theme and connotations of good and evil can be explicitly seen in Blake’s “A Memorable Fancy.” For instance, the speaker goes on to […] Continue reading

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Perception of Pain

According to Moravian beliefs, the only way individuals can fully have a successful relationship with God is through their senses and the spiritual experiences they encounter with these senses. In Marsha Keith Schuchard’s article, Young William Blake and the Moravian Tradition of Visionary Art, she points out several Moravian images, themes, and element that actually […] Continue reading

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Rogue Thoughts

William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell” are astonishing in so many levels. First of all, when I think of the word “proverb” I associate it with a religious connotation – The Book of Proverbs –  and how it’s meant to inform people on how to live their life “truthfully” and “correctly” by honoring God; e.g. “Trust […] Continue reading

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Life

In William Blake’s “Infant Joy,” he immediately presents the reader with a new born child who asserts nothing but happiness: “‘I happy am, / Joy is my name.’” (lines 4 – 5). While the child may not have a name, he/she lets the world know of their own internal state of blissfulness. Before being exposed […] Continue reading

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A Fatherless Boy

He abandoned me at my worst. He left me at my best. He was nowhere to be found when I needed him the most. Why? How? Was there any emotion, any pain that traveled through his veins when he walked away? Did he stop at the door, a feeling of regret possibly crossing his mind? […] Continue reading

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Uniqueness for Change – Marilyn Ufrazio

My understanding from Blake’s critique is that every individual is born with two things: 1. innate abilities and 2. things that are learned throughout one’s life time. When it comes to art, however, it’s something one either knows how to do exceedingly well or is simply learned through experience. In The Lacoon, the quote “Israel […] Continue reading

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