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Category Archives: apocalypse
Why does Milton need to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death”? (book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162) Milton needed to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death” because the second coming was soon arriving, which is where Milton would meet his last judgement. After the Bard sang, “there was a […] Continue reading
The end of days is an event that will rock the world to its very core as man and civilization as we know it will become non-existent. For all the propagation we hear about the end, where all people will perish on the Earth, there is very little discourse on what exactly will happen to […] Continue reading
I do not agree with the statement, “Urizen’s weeping at the end of Blake’s “Asia” section in The Song of Los (Plate 7, line 42; p. 112) symbolizes remorse for all his injustices against humanity.” Understanding that Urizen is the embodiment of Satan and only wishes for the demise of humanity, it is unlikely for him to […] Continue reading
After watching Interstellar for class, one student asked what we thought might have happened to all the animals. We know that the characters in the movie only eat corn, with no meat in their diets. A different student suggested that that was because livestock is one of the least cost and energy-efficient ways to consume […] Continue reading
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
Ololon’s annihilation connection towards her views of being Milton’s contrary are clear. Ololon claims it when she mentions “Is this our Feminine Portion, the Six-fold Miltonic Female? Terribly this Portion trembles before thee O awful Man” (202). She makes connections to Milton by claiming to be the other female Six-fold counterpart to Milton. In a sense, […] Continue reading
In class on Wednesday, I had difficultly reconciling the apocalyptic revolution depicted in “A Song of Liberty” with its abrupt, triumphant ending. The poem’s allusions to the Book of Revelation notwithstanding, “Empire is no more! and now the lion & the wolf shall cease” is a very simplistic resolution to the violence, conflict and chaos of […] Continue reading
Today in class students have made some progress in understanding Blake’s political views in the context of the 1790s. We concluded that Blake does not fit the political categories of “Left” and “Right,” problematizing this contrary itself, and adopts the biblical language of apocalypse/the Second coming to articulate his utopian vision while deviating from the standard […] Continue reading