Category Archives: Blake

Blake and Systems of Incarceration

In my paper, I will discuss Blake’s depiction of prisons and systems of incarceration within his work. This paper argues that through Blake’s usage of dark imagery (prisons, castle, mills, etc.) he symbolically rejects both literal physical forms of imprisonment during following the French Revolution as well as mental/ societal forms of institutional imprisonment. Blake […] Continue reading

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Decadence Through Pleasures of the Human Form

In my paper I will discuss through their works the connection between Blake, Manson and how they both incorporate aspects of decadence through Moravianism into their work’s making them unrecognized decadent hero’s. Decadence is often defined as the moral or cultural decline after an indulgence of pleasure. I will be looking at the aspects that […] Continue reading

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Fire and Furry: “Animals” in the End of Days

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

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Energy from the Dead

I believe that the image below fits to support the evidence brought up in the post titled “Milton Beyond the Grave” written by Jose. This image fits to support the claim that even beyond the grave, Milton is still influential on writers today. The way the body in the front is holding onto the shoulders […] Continue reading

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Poetic Genius vs. Evil Genius

Why does Milton need to “go down self annihilation and eternal death” ?(book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162)   William Blake and Milton were alike in that both creatives were open to the exploration of ideas greatly repressed during the era of their time, including those in which were embedded in religion and […] Continue reading

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An Examination of Metaphorical Self-Flagellation

When Blake refers to “self annihilation and eternal death,” what he is forecasting to the audience that there is a moment of understanding that both the character of Milton and the author Blake need to get over their self-righteousness for the greater good and what that means for both individuals. When looking through the text, […] 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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Lost in the Moment

In Blake’s Europe A Prophecy, he uses a character, Enitharmon, to represent womanhood; she is a character inspired by Blake’s wife. In A Prophecy, Blake describes Enitharmon falling into an eighteen-hundred-year-old slumber which he calls a “female dream” (ll. 5, 101). In the Blake Dictionary, it is stated that Enitharmon’s idea of a Woman’s world […] Continue reading

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Blake and Paine Unite

Through my interpretation of The Little Black Boy, there are multiple similarities that realign between Blakes message and Paine’s radical ideals via his Swedenborgian-Moravian view of Christianity. There were a few points Paine made that stood out to me, that of which in themselves detest the social norm of slavery at that time. The first being […] Continue reading

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The Intimacy of Knowledge

William Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell,  is deeply influenced by Moravian beliefs, as Blake’s work moves to capture the essence of body, soul, intimacy, and illuminations of different perceptions of seeing the world as well as different parts of ourselves. As noted by Marsha Kieth Schuchard in “Young William Blake and the Moravian Tradition of Visionary […] Continue reading

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