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Category Archives: Proverbs of Hell (2/14)
Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion. (1) The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. (2) The lust of the goat is the bounty of God. (3) The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God. (4) In the very first line of this […] Continue reading
“As the catterpiller chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.” (54-55) Just when I thought Blake could not get any more confusing, I read this. First, caterpillars are in a stage of pre-reproduction and therefore cannot lay […] Continue reading
The sarcastic tone and presentation, beginning with Marilyn Manson’s description of being a generous lover, in his reading of William Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell are complementary and yet sardonic pieces. Editorial footnotes in Blake’s Poetry and Designs indicate that the plate title images are depicting the conversion of an angel, into the so-called devil. Repetitive instances of the […] Continue reading
William Blake’s 8th proverb of Hell, in which he explores the acquisition of wisdom through an authority figure uses contrasting animal symbols of wisdom and meekness to show how information is controlled by those in power and backed by a false religious ideology. Although speaking in the voice of Satan, Blake brings up provoking and […] Continue reading
Blake creates the idea that experience is not something anybody can gain with just age, that someone who is younger not just in life, but skill could outdo an older, more “experienced” person’s Genius. Blake mentions “The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom; no clock can measure.” Folly is foolishness; […] Continue reading
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
William Blake touches upon the necessity to contraries working together to build an understanding to a whole idea. He uses the proverb of “Opposition is True Friendship” as a way to teach readers through failure that there is a way to harness contraries to understand them. He feels that it is necessary that people understand […] Continue reading
William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell” are astonishing in so many levels. First of all, when I think of the word “proverb” I associate it with a religious connotation – The Book of Proverbs – and how it’s meant to inform people on how to live their life “truthfully” and “correctly” by honoring God; e.g. “Trust […] Continue reading
Blakes touches on his idea of the poetic Genius again, in “Provers of Hell”; he claims that it is both a natural–not taught–kind of Genius, and that it isn’t necessarily the best looking process. Blake writes in lines 66-7: “Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius.” This goes […] Continue reading