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Category Archives: The Flames of Orc (3/14)
Enitharmon, who it has been notioned to represent Marie Antoinette, is the embodiment of both the Womens’ force, while at the same time indicating that such a force is not a conducive one. It is a rarity to have a woman in power, in any context, during this era; however, through Blake’s work, we see […] Continue reading
There’s people who like to talk about sex, others are having it, like “Terrible Orc […] beheld,” (Blake 106), pictured in William Blake’s Europe A Prophecy Plate 18 with a Romantic backdrop, “vineyards” in France, accompanied by neoclassical descriptions of war, “golden chariot raging” which carries double entendre, “furious terrors flew around” has sexually explicit […] Continue reading
Not to become a one-trick pony here, but in Europe a Prophecy, Blake’s mythopoeia becomes once again very Nordic. These apocalyptic prophecies bear close resemblance to Ragnarök, the apocalyptic prophecies of Norse Mythology. Because the Eddas of Medieval Norse people are incredibly difficult to read, I will be citing Neil Gaiman’s well researched, modernized 2017 edition: Norse Mythology […] Continue reading
Enitharmon is the woman torn by tradition and revolution as she tries to piece the world together and allow society to sustain itself. She wants to do the best to keep her family together and wants salvation for all yet she separates herself from the whims of other women. She orders her children to “Go: tell […] Continue reading
Enitharmon’s eighteen-hundred-year-old slumber is described as the “female dream” because it epitomizes all that Enitharmon wanted. As described in S. Foster Damon’s A Blake Dictionary, Enitharmon is a free woman, and hopes to use her freedom and indoctrinate man with the belief that woman have more power (Damon 132a). To exert her dominance and power […] Continue reading
By looking at what Isaac Newton accomplished during the enlightenment era, we can gain an understanding to why it had to be Isaac Newton who blew the trumpet to wake Enitharmon up. Blake designed Enitharmon to be a symbol of female domination and restraint. “That Woman, lovely Woman! may have dominion?… Go: tell the human […] Continue reading
Enitharmon’s dream was gendered as female because of its connection to Los; hitherto, Europe was ruled and dictated by a man’s dream, hence: “eighteen hundred years: Man was a Dream!” (12/9, line 2, 101). The logic of reason, or the ideology understood through the character Urizen, had been the contemporary order of society. Therefore, by […] Continue reading
William Blake’s Europe a Prophecy ends with an epic war in which Los and Orc prepare to fight: But terrible Orc, when he beheld the morning in the east Shot from the heights of Enitharmon; And in the vineyards of red France appear’d the light of his fury Orc is the embodiment of rebellion as opposed to […] Continue reading
Although Enitharmon is this embodiment of “spiritual beauty”, Blake uses her character in Europe a Prophecy to represent the idea of female domination, as well as the limitation of women exploring their sexuality, preventing them from reaching the imaginative. Enitharmon’s character is a representation of humanity’s ability to flourish, but does not through the mode of […] Continue reading