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Blake and Systems of Incarceration

In my paper, I will discuss Blake’s depiction of prisons and systems of incarceration within his work. This paper argues that through Blake’s usage of dark imagery (prisons, castle, mills, etc.) he symbolically rejects both literal physical forms of imprisonment during following the French Revolution as well as mental/ societal forms of institutional imprisonment. Blake […] Continue reading

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Stones Cut, Freedom Frees

“Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.” With this proverb, comes Blake’s bold aim at altering how humans view certain institution/ systems in our society. Here, Blake uses two separate contrastments: prisons with law, and brothels with religion. While at first, this proverb might grow as a striking proverb, due […] Continue reading

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