Category Archives: Proverbs of Hell (9/25)

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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Is hell the road to imagination ?

William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell” is intriguing yet, can cause confusion to understand the contradictions, symbols, paradoxes, and other literary purposes in his work. However, I’ve chosen the proverb “You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough” (73). This proverb speaks about the possibilities of expanding your knowledge and […] Continue reading

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Meaning to Manson

Considering the many omitted lines from “Proverbs of Hell” in Manson’s reading, it suggests Manson’s interpretation of the poem centers in on personal experience and differences. During reading “Proverbs of Hell”, a few lines struck me. A few of those lines were, “A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees./ He whose […] Continue reading

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The Beautiful People: Manson and Blake in Death and Women

When observing the recitation of Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell” as done by Marilyn Manson, you do not expect the level of composure that Manson had when you look at his career as a musician/poet. With his rendition of the Blake poetry being spoken to the crowd, Manson delivers the symbolic imagery to the crowd in […] Continue reading

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Meaning is Created through Opposites

“Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.” The proverb compares the consequences of Law and Religion. In the first half, the stones are being compared to the Law. The stones that construct the prison is what physically prevents the prisoners from leaving. However, the Law is the abstraction that contains […] Continue reading

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Our Different Perceptions of Things Determine Their Meaning of Existence

“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.” What many people tend to believe throughout their lifetime is to what they’re shown to when they grow. What I mean is that many stigmatize many conditions due to either their lack of knowledge or blatant ignorance. Here we see William Blake comparing […] Continue reading

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Was Manson Eliminating Noah?

One of the proverbs that particularly stuck out to me was, “The rat, the mouse, the fox, the rabbet watch the roots; the lion, the tyger, the horse, the elephant watch the fruits” (72). The reason for this is because of the relations to the themes of “good” and “evil” being demonstrated. When you think […] Continue reading

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Modesty and Godliness: Did God REALLY Say That?

“The nakedness of woman is the work of God” This is interesting as this has an element of truth to it that makes sense. Strictly speaking, God did create woman and she was made nude, as was Adam. So from the obvious point this is 100 percent true. What I find interesting is that Christians […] Continue reading

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Opposing given Polarities

William Blake’s, “Proverbs of Hell,” seem strings of religious and radical ideas meshed together in a confusing manner. However, the dissection between the religious and the radical, their oppositions and similarities, as well as their “good,” and “evil,” are interconnected within both spheres. In essence, it seems as if Blake’s suggestion between The Marriage of […] Continue reading

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Growing Knowledge

William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell” aims to demonstrate the importance of questioning accepted social ideals, as it is the only manner by which new knowledge can be produced. One aphorism that especially stood out to me was the second line: “Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead.” The tools in […] Continue reading

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