Category Archives: Europe a Prophecy

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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Re-volution or the End of History?

For this Wednesday (3/14), students have the option to write a post on ONE of the four prompt questions:   1. Why does Blake deviate from the Biblical account in making Adam and Noah contemporaries? (SoL, Plate 3; 6, 7; p. 109)   2. What is the significance of Urizen’s weeping at the end of “Asia”? (Plate 7, […] Continue reading

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The Female Touch

Enitharmon, who it has been notioned to represent Marie Antoinette, is the embodiment of both the Womens’ force, while at the same time indicating that such a force is not a conducive one.  It is a rarity to have a woman in power, in any context, during this era; however, through Blake’s work, we see […] Continue reading

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Forging Satirical Currencies on Enitharmon’s Face

There’s people who like to talk about sex, others are having it, like “Terrible Orc […] beheld,” (Blake 106), pictured in William Blake’s Europe A Prophecy Plate 18 with a Romantic backdrop, “vineyards” in France, accompanied by neoclassical descriptions of war, “golden chariot raging” which carries double entendre, “furious terrors flew around” has sexually explicit […] Continue reading

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The Red Prophecy

William Blake’s Europe a Prophecy ends with an epic war in which Los and Orc prepare to fight: But terrible Orc, when he beheld the morning in the east Shot from the heights of Enitharmon; And in the vineyards of red France appear’d the light of his fury Orc is the embodiment of rebellion as opposed to […] Continue reading

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité

Blake’s marginalia deeming Paine “either a Devil or an Inspired Man” (456) is indicative of his admiration for Pain because throughout the works of Blake we see him develop the devil as a character that is calling for inquiry on a system that he is advised to not question. In The Marriage of Heaven and […] Continue reading

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