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Cloak Innocence Must Fade

The poems, “The Laughing Song,” in Song of Innocence and, “The Voice of the Ancient Bard,” from Songs of Experience by William Blake, are immensely contrasted within the content. For example, the poem, “The Laughing Song,” appears to be a non-sensical yet joyful poem about a happy laughing world. In a world, where the “voice […] Continue reading

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Light – Beyond the Shadow

  Plato believed that our senses could not be trusted to reveal the truth of the Universe. He argued that the world around us was an imperfect representation of the ideal world, our perception put before us by our faculties – simply shadows cast from imperceptible forms. Cognizance of truth was achievable only by means … Continue reading Light – Beyond the Shadow Continue reading Continue reading

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There are no rules to the genius

Sir Joshua Reynolds argues in Discourse III, “could we teach taste or genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius” (44). Which is to say that there is an unnatural, innate power of “taste” and “genius” that cannot be taught–or shouldn’t. That seems to debunk the whole idea of mentor and mentee relationships, […] Continue reading

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Thoughts on Interdisciplinarity, Cognitive Science, and 19th-Century Aesthetics

Interdisciplinary is an at times seemingly vague buzzword invoked in academia. It is often used in general documents like Vanderbilt’s academic strategic plan. Recently, however, it has become a little less of an abstract concept for me. I have spent… Continue reading

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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

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