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Category Archives: Self-annihilation
Why does Milton need to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death”? (book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162) Milton needed to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death” because the second coming was soon arriving, which is where Milton would meet his last judgement. After the Bard sang, “there was a […] Continue reading
How are the engraved images of male-to-male oral sex (simulated or actual?) related to self-annihilation? Examine the two images below in the context of the second book’s conclusion (pages 200-3) The simulated (or actual) act of oral sex (or masturbation) relates to self-annihilation in the sense that one is freeing themselves from slavery. What brought […] Continue reading
Comparing Blake’s Milton’s self-annihilation in Book one to Ololon’s self-annihilation in Book Two, Milton’s process refers to the fragility of humanity and the power within the reconciliation of female perceptions; whereas Ololon’s self-annihilation refers to the loss of her virginity–loss of institutionalized female oppression. In Book two, Ololon is a virgin seeking to figure out […] Continue reading
In Plate 15 of Blake’s Milton, Milton needs to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death” (Pl 15, ln 22) to revert back to human and fight against his Selfhood. Selfhood in this text can be characterized as “prideful self-righteousness” (Blake’s Poetry and Designs 145) that is intensified when one’s ideas are worshipped and taken as law. […] Continue reading
When observing the images of male-to-male oral sex, what can be assumed is that there is two figures, but another perspective could be that there is something else -something mystical taking place. In other words, what I took from it is that while we see two figures -men- doing acts to one another it is […] Continue reading
Giving head is a process. Beyond just the physical act, male-to-male oral sex transports us into a different realm. A realm beyond, what William Blake calls “mental fight.” Self-annihilation, the arrival at true, honest, uncensored self-reflection is the apocalypse. What we do once we arrive at Eternity determines our resurrection. People have been dying, awaiting […] Continue reading
The two plates below depicting oral sex show oral sex between two unidentified individuals. The first plate shows oral sex as a form of domination. The woman is slumped over, as though unconscious. One hand supports herself on the man’s shoulder. The other is limp. The man pulls her close, entwining his arms around her. […] Continue reading
I tried to resist the Vortex and now I am caught. In Blake’s Milton A Poem Book 1, Milton seeks to prepare himself for judgement. Whether his preparation is the eternity of death or the infinite of the vortex, Judgement comes, and with it eternity. Milton speaks, “I will go down to self annihilation and eternal death, […] Continue reading
For next Wednesday (11/6), students will answer the following question: Why does Milton need to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death”? (book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162) Because this poem is so dense and confusing, I ask that students provide a close reading of ONE of the six passages listed below […] Continue reading
In answering the question of what precisely happens to Ololon, how such fits in, relates, to the rest of Milton: A Poem, I feel, firstly, a few prefatory remarks—a naming of parts or clarifying of terms—is required. I take “self-annihilation,” as it manifests, in the scope of Blake’s poem at face value, that is, meaning […] Continue reading