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The Impoverished Flowers of London

  In The Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake, the poem “Holy Thursday” is in both collections, presenting a stark contrast that informs the conditions of impoverish children in London. “Holy Thursday” from The Songs of Innocence illustrates the external perspective of these children of poverty. The poem introduces the children as “innocent […] Continue reading

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Heavenly Father, Why You So Far Away?

  Did you leave me or did I grow a part from you?  Were you truly always beside me or have I been to naive in believing so?  Did I abandon you or did I grow smart in realizing you are not there?  “Heavenly Father, why you so far away.” Blake’s work echoes both the […] Continue reading

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The Song of the Sacrificed

Who are the singers of the Songs of Innocence? An infant is born Two days old, He is nameless but happy. “Joy is my name,” He proclaimed. Joy is born with innocence and happiness. He and his Father, Walk through the mire And night befalls them. “Speak father or else I shall be lost” And […] Continue reading

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Tale of  The Lonely Woman (Power of Love)

There once was a girl who was born to a lonely mother, who cared for her very much. The woman cared for her daughter very much, as she was left alone to raise the child by herself. Then one day, when the child had grown into a young girl, her mother disappeared. She looked high […] Continue reading

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Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

While I was home over winter break, I found myself in the mood to read something new.  A few years ago my family moved houses, and since I was leaving for college soon after I only kept books that I really loved—but thus had already read. So, the pickings on my bookshelf were pretty slim. […] Continue reading

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The Pain of Will

Though William Blake is not anti-religious as Thomas Paine is, they both share a similar distaste for the church and state and how they operate (rule) society. In Thomas Paine’s “The Rights of Man Part 1”, he argues against the fallacy of his government: “what is government more than the management of the affairs of […] Continue reading

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Last Stop on Market Street

I cannot say enough good things about Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson’s 2015 Last Stop on Market Street. I stumbled upon it quite by accident, tugging on its bright orange spine in the hopes that the book would be less dusty and worn than the others I’d found in the library…and I was not […] Continue reading

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Tanzania: Elections, Children, and EPZs!

Tanzania, South Africa to Boost Processing Zones A South African minister has committed to increasing investments in Tanzania’s export processing zones, which are areas outside of certain government regulations. The zones service agricultural, mineral, and light manufacturing goods made directly for export. This South Africa’s investment is an example of their increased interest in promoting… Continue reading

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The Divine, Lambs, and Children

The three images above all deal with some dimension of the likeness between God and mankind. I have arranged them in this order, moving from “The Lamb” to “Holy Thursday” and finishing with “The Divine Image” because I saw a natural sequential development of the course of the three plates. Beginning in “The Lamb,” Blake […] Continue reading

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