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The Optimist’s God and the Pessimist’s Religion.

In two poems, William Blake shows how God creates Hope, but religion creates despair. In William Blake’s The Songs of Innocence and Experience, I believe there are two poems that are linked by a loose thread. To find the link, one must employ equal parts close reading skill, knowledge of the historical cultural moment, and mental gymnastics. […] Continue reading

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