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Blog Post 9

Why does Milton need to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death”? (book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162) Milton needed to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death” because the second coming was soon arriving, which is where Milton would meet his last judgement. After the Bard sang, “there was a […] Continue reading

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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

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William Blake: The Animal Activist?

“All Animals upon the Earth are prepared in strength / To go forth to the Great Harvest & Vintage of the Nations” What we are seeing here is not just a commentary on the coming apocalypse, but also a call to Blake’s love of nature and the animals within. We can look at Blake’s passage […] Continue reading

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Free Yourself, Don’t Wait to Be Freed

How are the engraved images of male-to-male oral sex (simulated or actual?) related to self-annihilation?  Examine the two images below in the context of the second book’s conclusion (pages 200-3) The simulated (or actual) act of oral sex (or masturbation) relates to self-annihilation in the sense that one is freeing themselves from slavery. What brought […] Continue reading

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Love Yourself: Masturbation in “Milton”

Upholding Urizenic reasoning, or Negations, is what keeps contraries as distinct entities rather than parts of a whole. It is because we divide contraries along the the lines of reason that they are seen as separate. As a result,  only by breaking the “mind-forged manacles” of Negation can a body be fulfilled in all sensations […] Continue reading

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Ololon’s Sexual Annihilation Through Milton

Comparing Blake’s Milton’s self-annihilation in Book one to Ololon’s self-annihilation in Book Two, Milton’s process refers to the fragility of humanity and the power within the reconciliation of female perceptions; whereas Ololon’s self-annihilation refers to the loss of her virginity–loss of institutionalized female oppression. In Book two, Ololon is a virgin seeking to figure out […] Continue reading

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Jose’s Blog Post

In Jose’s blog post, he explains how much Blake’s favorite writer and creator, John Milton, influenced him and his works. This plate displays Milton entering Blake’s left foot, suggesting Milton is inside of Blake. Jose recognizes this interaction between Milton and Blake by pointing out Blake’s calling for Miltons power “down the nerves of [his] […] Continue reading

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Energy from the Dead

I believe that the image below fits to support the evidence brought up in the post titled “Milton Beyond the Grave” written by Jose. This image fits to support the claim that even beyond the grave, Milton is still influential on writers today. The way the body in the front is holding onto the shoulders […] Continue reading

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Artistic Excitement and Production

In regards to Jose’s post, “Milton Beyond the Grave,” I think his claim that Milton’s annihilation is necessary to inspire other artists could be further elevated with an analysis of Plate 3, which accompanies his chosen passage. The excitement and inspiration Milton brings up in artists is depicted in the excitement occurring in the illustration, […] Continue reading

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A Response to “An Examination of Metaphorical Self-Flagellation”

I am looking at Ajejandro’s post. An Examination of Metaphorical Self-Flagellation I feel this image can best help to defend this blog post. Alejandro says that”The voice that speaks these lines is one that seeks to find a sort of moral absolution for being unable to truly translate what is not so easily said in […] Continue reading

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