Category Archives: Enitharmon

A Dream of Desire Paints Reality of Repression

Blake’s illustration of Enitharmon’s eighteen hundred year-old slumber described as a “female dream,” can be analyzed through the picking apart of what her dream was actually about, the context to which surrounds her dream, as well as the symbolism behind Enitharmon’s name/ identity. When looking up her name’s meaning, Enitharmon is defined as the “source […] Continue reading

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Enitharmon’s Feminine Dream

In looking at Enitharmon 1,800 year old sleep, Blake tells us it is a “female dream.” Personally,  I find this kind of sexist, but as is normal with Blake, there is more than meets the eye. The first thing to do is to look at the dream itself. First, it starts with Christ’s Birth and […] Continue reading

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William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2019-10-23 09:14:38

Prompt: In Plate 12, line 5 (p. 101), why is Enitharmon’s eighteenth hundred year-old slumber described as a “female dream”? According to the Blake Dictionary, “Enitharmon” is inspired by Blakes wife, Catherine Blake who seems to take pride in her femininity and womanhood. It is also made apparent that Enitharmons “emblem is the moon”, the […] Continue reading

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A Female-Dominated World and Other Fictional Ideas

Disclosure!: The title and content of this article is in no way a major negative view of the author and his views on feminism, but rather a way to get the reader’s attention and to create discussions upon the power dynamics of society. This is not meant to induce anger and negative ideological understandings, but […] Continue reading

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The “Female Dream” and Social Stagnation

As the central component of William Blake’s Europe: A Prophecy, Enitharmon dream and its characterization as a “female dream” is significant in demonstrating the impact of female energy on revolution. Enitharmon is identified as the “source of female sexual pleasure” (Europe Summary) and of “Spiritual Beauty.” Blake’s view of Enitharmon reminded me of Mary Wollstonecraft’s […] 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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A Hunger for Revolution

In William Blake’s “The Tyger” from Songs of Innocence and Experience is the essence of opposing energies of anything deemed guiltless.  In further analysing its twin poem “The Lamb,” we see this notion of opposition even more; the moral that is to be taken from having engaged in both texts, is that humanity possesses both […] Continue reading

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dreaming aint just for men

Enitharmon’s dream was gendered as female because of its connection to Los; hitherto, Europe was ruled and dictated by a man’s dream, hence: “eighteen hundred years: Man was a Dream!” (12/9, line 2, 101). The logic of reason, or the ideology understood through the character Urizen, had been the contemporary order of society. Therefore, by […] Continue reading

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Issac Newton: Enitharmon’s Loud Alarm Clock

Although Enitharmon is this embodiment of “spiritual beauty”, Blake uses her character in Europe a Prophecy to represent the idea of female domination, as well as the limitation of women exploring their sexuality, preventing them from reaching the imaginative. Enitharmon’s character is a representation of humanity’s ability to flourish, but does not through the mode of […] Continue reading

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Newton’s Revolution

Enitharmon sleeps for 1800 years, only to be awoken by Newton’s blowing of the trump. In order to understand Newton’s role in this scene, we must first understand Enitharmon’s slumber. Enitharmon’s slumber begins with the birth of Christ and ends 1800 years later, at the beginning of the French Revolution. Also, her slumber is highly […] Continue reading

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