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Category Archives: The Last Judgment (11/6-11/13)
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
Today my students collectively experienced what William Blake calls “self-annihilation” (the purging of the ego and self-righteous thinking) at the Beginnings statue (see below) in the UC Merced campus, inspired by Blake’s Milton of course. In the file below are students’ and their professor’s drawings of their self-examinations or the Last Judgment. I want to […] Continue reading
Through examining the concluding illustration in William Blake’s Milton, I argue that the role of humans in the Last Judgement is the self-annihilation of the material self, and a reconnection with nature. The illustration demonstrates three abnormal human figures that represent the reconnection with nature. The figures on the left and right are resemblant of […] Continue reading
Near the end of Book II of his famed work Milton, William Blake shows his readers suggestive pictures of male figures participating in oral sex while also focusing heavily on the topic of “self-annihilation”. While the act itself does not self-annihilate through giving up one’s life, it serves its purpose by entering the realm of […] Continue reading
“All Animals upon the Earth are prepared in strength / To go forth to the Great Harvest & Vintage of the Nations” What we are seeing here is not just a commentary on the coming apocalypse, but also a call to Blake’s love of nature and the animals within. We can look at Blake’s passage […] 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
The end of days is an event that will rock the world to its very core as man and civilization as we know it will become non-existent. For all the propagation we hear about the end, where all people will perish on the Earth, there is very little discourse on what exactly will happen to […] Continue reading
Upholding Urizenic reasoning, or Negations, is what keeps contraries as distinct entities rather than parts of a whole. It is because we divide contraries along the the lines of reason that they are seen as separate. As a result, only by breaking the “mind-forged manacles” of Negation can a body be fulfilled in all sensations […] Continue reading
In both of the images above, the “two” men engaging in oral sex have very distinct and extremely similar features of one another. After reading the footnote I have come with two solutions that these men are Urizen and Los or it is one man pictured twice. I follow up with the second […] 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