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William Blake’s critique of self-righteousness

In this paper, I will analyze how William Blake attacks the oxymoron “good-will.” Therefore, I will examine how Blake’s “good-will” is a false traditional morality that is a critique in Annotations to Swedenborg’s Divine Love and Divine Wisdom (1788). This paper argues that although Blake’s objective is to criticize conventional Christian morality (good-will) to expose […] Continue reading

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God is a Woman

Why does Milton need to “go down self annihilation and eternal death” ?(book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162)   William Blake and Milton share views based upon spirituality and sexuality that explores realms of the self with God. However, in Blake’s  “Milton: Book 1, plate 2, lines 1-24; page 148) it discusses about […] Continue reading

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Becoming the Woman

Why does Milton need to “go down to self-annihilation and eternal death”? (book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162) From Blake’s “Milton: Book 1,” one can interpret the passage as Milton’s character enveloped within the poem in part as well as re-iterating or reinterpreting adaptations of his book, “Paradise Lost.” Thus, the phrase, “go […] Continue reading

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Blake’s End as a Mastermind, or the Beginning?

Commending William Blake for what he’s showcased throughout his work is an understatement. Not only does he provide lucrative characters to symbolize significant aspects of his world view, but he also implements them to compare and contrast with your perception of what’s right or wrong. Throughout The Song of Los within the Asia section, Blake’s character Urizen is what […] Continue reading

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Urizen’s Pose of Triumph and Failure

In reference to Urizen’s tears in Blake’s work, “The Songs of Los,” signifies a rather triumphant war over the world specifically binding all of Earth’s human dwellers centering around Africa. So, I disagree that Urizen’s tears are due to his remorse, but rather his seemingly apparent triumph over the imaginary, the contradictory, the radical, and […] Continue reading

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Los & Orc’s War on Oppression

In Plates 17 and 18, lines 37-39, 1-11 (p. 106), why does Los prepare for epic war along with Orc, who arrives with “furious terrors” and “golden chariots”? Explain the significance of this cosmic battle for Blake’s prophetic vision of Europe. In Blake’s poems from, “Europe a Prophecy,” various references of biblical nature are adapted […] Continue reading

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A Correlation Between Religion and Empire?: The French Revolution and Political Lenses of Religion

When looking at the history of Blake and his founded distrust towards the French Monarchy, and taking into account his general nuance towards the subject of the Enlightenment of France, you’d be pretty hard pressed to find any literature that shows any true resentment. I think that there are some parallels to be found within […] Continue reading

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An Inspired Devil

When William Blake refers to Thomas Paine as ““either a Devil or an Inspired Man” in Watson’s Apology for a Bible, he is further accepting and emphasizing not only the potential genius in Evil itself, but also the necessity of a faith that is between Christianity and Satanism (456). He strongly displays these radical beliefs […] Continue reading

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Deconstructing Institutions

Thus, far we have read various passages of Blake’s works, noting interpretations and meaning of such works. Interestingly enough, Blake has presented his distaste in binaries either from ideologies like right &  wrong, just & unjust, female & male, etc. Including, radical ideas like getting rid of institutionalized ideologies the evade within our social spheres. […] Continue reading

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Accept God, But Don’t Be Deceived

Thomas Paine employed his literature that empowers a spark inside the English circles that his work has been either ridiculed or praised by readers for centuries. Contrary to popular belief, Paine was driven to express his admiration and faith in God, and just like a Newtonians, he avows the Deistic for the pursuit of happiness […] Continue reading

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