Author Archives: Van Vang

Write It

Van Vang Dr. Garcia ENG 190 Senior Thesis 2 May 2018 Write It I began this journey with an undeclared major unaware that my passion was within the words of every book I will ever read for my Undergraduate English studies. I spoke to my counselor at the time and she asked me what it […] Continue reading

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2 in 1

Sex is just a biological function that occur in nature, but for humans, sex has become a form of self-expression and the biggest aspect of one’s identity. A person’s virginity then becomes a person’s most valuable possession. To give up one’s virginity to another person is not perceived as self-annihilation, but giving it up to […] Continue reading

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Urizen’s Type of Tear

Blake created the characters of Urizen and Los as born rivals and with this, one of the two will triumph. The way “The Song of Los” is set up is similar to a debate. The beginning of “Africa” says, I will sing you a song of Los, the Eternal Prophet: He sung it to four […] Continue reading

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Like-minded: Blake and Paine

Blake calls Paine a better Christian than the Bishop, but does not clarify what type of Christian he is referring to. What he means to say about him may vary depending on the connotation of being a Christian. In An Apology for the Bible, Blake says, “There is a vast difference between an accident brought […] Continue reading

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Chained by the Giant

Blake’s disagreements with the system of the Royal Academy was greatly influenced by his mother, who was before influenced by Zinzendorf, bishop of the Moravian Church. Zinzendorf strongly advocated a healthy mother-child relationship and Blake later incorporates themes of a mother-child relationship in many of his works. Zinzendorf’s childhood of being sent away to boarding […] Continue reading

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The Caterpillar Priest

“As the catterpiller chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on,           so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.” (54-55)      Just when I thought Blake could not get any more confusing, I read this. First, caterpillars are in a stage of pre-reproduction and therefore cannot lay […] Continue reading

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We are Roses with Thorns

The Lilly The Modest Rose puts forth a thorn: The humble Sheep, a threatening horn: While the Lilly white, shall in Love delight Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright. “The Lilly” in Songs of Experience, a poem so short yet it encapsulates one of the biggest themes within Blake’s collection of […] Continue reading

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The Boy and the Lamb

The boy’s mama loved him so she set him down; Laid him low with the lonely lamb. He stroke the lamb’s face that wears the frown, The face of one who is afraid of brutal man. The lamb’s white wool clean and bright Like his fair and youthful skin, light. He comforts him on the […] Continue reading

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