Category Archives: The Last Judgment (3/30-4/6)

Milton and Male Dominance

In book 2, plate 48-49, lns. 35-39, 1-15 (p. 202-203), does Ololon’s recognition of herself and Milton as “Contraries” result in her self-annihilation? If so, explain how her self-annihilation is similar to or different from Milton’s. The Blake dictionary, of course, has a great section on Ololon that will help answer the question of whether […] Continue reading

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“Become One Flesh”: Male and Female in the New Jerusalem

In response to haleyck’s post “Eternal Death and Sexuality,” I’d like to explore further the question of what implications self-annihilation has for the female sex. I would agree wholly with the statement, “The contrary of male and female, then, are not resolved in this one [hermaphroditic] body, but rather are both present, two opposites alongside […] Continue reading

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William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2012-04-05 17:27:53

This post is responding to Blake Lively’s Milton, Selfhood and Communication with the Divine. Blake Lively raised a point that to annihilate oneself is to shift the focus of self-centeredness to God-centeredness. This is what Blake the character did at the end of Milton. Milton annihilates himself, so does the Virgin Ololon. Thus, Milton became […] Continue reading

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William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2012-04-05 10:42:07

“is this the Death Couch of Albion?/ Thou goest to Eternal Death & all must go with thee” This Comment is in response to kathcal’s “The Necessity of Going Down.” This comment serves to add more support in terms of textual evidence to her argument. The passage that was assigned is in sync with kathcal’s […] Continue reading

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And Seven Angels Instruct Lucifer

And the seven Angels instruct Lucifer, the symbol of systematized reason. In Milton A Poem, the reader really is introduced to the fullness of Blake’s poetic message of internal revolution.  “Book The Second’s” section 35/32 (on pg. 189-190) explains this message in the form of angels instructing Lucifer.  “We were angels of the Divine Presence…compelled […] Continue reading

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