Category Archives: Satan

Eternal Salvation through the Eternal Death of Selfhood

In William Blake’s Milton, Milton goes down to “self annihilation and eternal death” (Pl 15, ln 22) to attain eternal salvation. In the conclusion of the introduction in the first book, the narrator states, “mark well my words! they are of your eternal salvation” (Pl 2, ln 24). In other words, the story illustrated is […] Continue reading

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10 Feet Down

I do not believe that Urizen’s weeping at the end of Blake’s Asia section in The Song of Los (Plate 7, line 42; p. 112) symbolizes remorse for all his injustices against humanity. He is the embodiment of Satan where all he wants to achieve is the corruption of humanity and to bring them all to […] Continue reading

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Problems of Satirical Representation: Milton and the Female Muse

William Blake’s Milton “Book the First” is introduced with images of Beulah and her daughters. This reminded me of the image of Oothoon surrounded by both her tormented lover and rapist.  Milton’s emanations are for Blake the earthly contradictions beheld in the “heavens of Albion,” (148). Death and annihilation are central themes for Blake, but […] Continue reading

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why’s satan trying to be god so bad?

Milton martyrs himself as the savior of his people, which is ironic because he doesn’t agree on the ideas of war or any type of heroic characteristic for that matter. However, he’s being forced into the eternal death because God is inactive in the fight against satan; he takes off his robe of promise, that […] Continue reading

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Milton and Satan, tragic heroes

In considering how Milton in William Blake’s Milton a Poem is like or unlike Satan, I first contemplate how to define the Satan figure that we are discussing. My first assumption is to compare Milton to his own Satan in Paradise Lost, but I quickly question this narrow interpretation. In my mind, there are at […] Continue reading

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Is Nudity the Way to Salvation?

This post is in response to the question, “Why does Milton need to ‘go down to self-annihilation and eternal death’ (Plate 15, ln. 22; p. 162)?” In order to answer this question, I referenced the image on plate 15 in the Blake Archive. This particular image depicts Milton standing naked with what looks like his […] Continue reading

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