Category Archives: contraries

Disabling the Normal Body in William Blake’s Poetry And Art

In my paper, I argue that William Blake challenges the notion of the normal body by disabling the contraries of the disabled body and the normal body through the contrast of All Religions are One with Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Discourses on Art in order to advance the disability discourse during his time in the Age of […] Continue reading

Posted in contraries, disability, disabled body, normal body, Research Abstracts (11/20) | Comments Off on Disabling the Normal Body in William Blake’s Poetry And Art

We N E E D Contraries

The following is the abstract for my research paper in-progress: William Blake’s philosophy of progression through contraries seems like a counter-intuitive direction for the ever-growing world of humanity, yet it might be the solution to creating a more promising future, even if it means gathering inspiration from unconventional morality, afterlives, and overall logic. As such, […] Continue reading

Posted in abstract, contraries, Research Abstracts (11/20) | Comments Off on We N E E D Contraries

Embracing Self-Annihilation

Near the end of Book II of his famed work Milton, William Blake shows his readers suggestive pictures of male figures participating in oral sex while also focusing heavily on the topic of “self-annihilation”. While the act itself does not self-annihilate through giving up one’s life, it serves its purpose by entering the realm of […] Continue reading

Posted in contraries, desires, gay, Milton, self-annhilation, The Last Judgment (11/6-11/13), William Blake | Comments Off on Embracing Self-Annihilation

Urizen weeps because he can’t bear to touch himself

Milton wants to celebrate self-love through the journey of sexual liberation, breaking away from the Urizen state of mind that “dares to mock with the aspersion of Madness/Cast on the Inspired, by the tame high finisher of paltry Blots” (202). The madness of course being the image offered through plate 47: two men–one enjoys the […] Continue reading

Posted in contraries, Los, masturbation, negation, sexuality, The Last Judgment (4/4-4/11), Urizen, William Blake, William Blake's reception | Comments Off on Urizen weeps because he can’t bear to touch himself

The Contrary States: Shifting Perspectives

For next Wednesday (9/18), students will analyze a poem from The Songs of Experience that has a “contrary” or negative twin poem in The Songs of Innocence.  How do these contrary poems/designs mutually inform, interrupt, or revise each other in a manner that is not apparent when these poems are read in isolation? Alternatively, students […] Continue reading

Posted in contraries, contrary states, Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (9/18), Perceptions | Comments Off on The Contrary States: Shifting Perspectives

Milton and Satan, tragic heroes

In considering how Milton in William Blake’s Milton a Poem is like or unlike Satan, I first contemplate how to define the Satan figure that we are discussing. My first assumption is to compare Milton to his own Satan in Paradise Lost, but I quickly question this narrow interpretation. In my mind, there are at […] Continue reading

Posted in Blake, Blakian Satan, Christian Satan, contraries, Milton, Milton a Poem, Milton's Satan, Paradise Lost, Satan, The Last Judgment (11/6-11/13), Tragic Heroes | Comments Off on Milton and Satan, tragic heroes

Is Nudity the Way to Salvation?

This post is in response to the question, “Why does Milton need to ‘go down to self-annihilation and eternal death’ (Plate 15, ln. 22; p. 162)?” In order to answer this question, I referenced the image on plate 15 in the Blake Archive. This particular image depicts Milton standing naked with what looks like his […] Continue reading

Posted in Adam and Eve, contraries, eternal death, Genesis, Milton, nudity, original sin, Satan, sin, The Last Judgment (11/6-11/13) | Comments Off on Is Nudity the Way to Salvation?

Seemingly Never-Ending Chaos; or, Blake the Anarchist?

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

Posted in apocalypse, contraries, Empire vs. Revolution (10/2), perception, revolution, Samuel Beckett's Endgame, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell | Comments Off on Seemingly Never-Ending Chaos; or, Blake the Anarchist?

The Contrary States

For next Wednesday (2/7), students will analyze a poem from The Songs of Experience that has a “contrary” or negative twin poem in The Songs of Innocence.  How do these contrary poems/designs mutually inform, interrupt, or revise each other in a manner that is not apparent when these poems are read in isolation? Alternatively, students […] Continue reading

Posted in contraries, Contrary Nature in Songs of Innocence, contrary states, Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (2/7), Songs of experience, Songs of Innocence and Experience | Comments Off on The Contrary States