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Is humanity all good or all evil ?

Urizen’s weeping at the end of William Blake’s section “Asia” in The Song of Los primarily represents the remorse for all his injustices against humanity. However, I disagree that Urizen’s weeping demonstrates the remorse for all his injustices, rather it shows his distraught over the failure of his reason/logic. Also, his distraught over the failure […] Continue reading

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An Inspired Devil

When William Blake refers to Thomas Paine as ““either a Devil or an Inspired Man” in Watson’s Apology for a Bible, he is further accepting and emphasizing not only the potential genius in Evil itself, but also the necessity of a faith that is between Christianity and Satanism (456). He strongly displays these radical beliefs […] Continue reading

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Simple and Simply unsimple

William Blake’s rather unlighted and scornful attitude towards Reynold’s definition of a poetic genius is simply simple yet unsimple. According to Blak being a poetic Genuis, are those who are enlighted by the sciences and art with a take of their inspired, and individual originality. In other words, it is not that of which Reynold […] Continue reading

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Good and Evil

Milton needs to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death” because he is the “Poetic Genius” who protects “Divine Humanity” (The Prophetic Books of William Blake). This idea of being the protector of the people correlates with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ died in order to save humanity […] Continue reading

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Everybody has choices.

William Blake mentions a diverse set of topics throughout his writing. Much of his writing we’ve read thus far consists of innocence, womanhood, and the distinction between “good” and “evil.” This religious theme and connotations of good and evil can be explicitly seen in Blake’s “A Memorable Fancy.” For instance, the speaker goes on to […] Continue reading

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Are you the Eagle or the Crow?

When first reading the Proverbs of Hell, I read them as Hell’s version of the “Ten Commandments” simply from the title of the piece itself. However, after closely reading the piece, I came to the realization that it served more as a “list of truths and revelations”. Blake does not take a side in regards […] Continue reading

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Why getting rid of “bad” is bad

B4: Ironically, altruism can be a pretty contentious term.  In fields ranging from philosophy to biology to economics, people have very different perceptions regarding the origins and motivations of selfless behavior.  Regardless, altruism is almost universally esteemed in our society; actions exhibiting an “unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others,” as Merriam-Webster […] Continue reading

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