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Category Archives: The Last Judgment (4/4-4/11)
The engraving from William Blake’s Plate 49 depicting Los engaged in sodomy is a non-secular subject in which Blake explicitly alludes to (but does not name) the tyrannical government in power- most likely of Napoleon’s, but openly assigned to treat authorities such as our current Trump presidency. Along with the anthropocentric charges, “Who creeps into […] 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
Sex is just a biological function that occur in nature, but for humans, sex has become a form of self-expression and the biggest aspect of one’s identity. A person’s virginity then becomes a person’s most valuable possession. To give up one’s virginity to another person is not perceived as self-annihilation, but giving it up to […] Continue reading
We have continuously talked about the act of sex being the act of liberation and how it gratifies the people into breaking from the Urizen state of mind, accepting Los. The image itself depicts a man receiving oral sex from another man as they are caught up in a state of transcendent liberation. They are […] Continue reading
“Milton will utterly consume us & thee our beloved Father” In Milton: Book the Second, Blake finds himself in the garden. Ololon meets Blake and then eventually finds Milton, and we find out that she is Milton’s feminine self. Blake express that Ololon’s position as a virgin is one that puts her in an “annihilable” […] Continue reading
Animals are a species that have learned to live by a popular phrase: “Survival of the fittest.” This idea of animals being “survivalist” in the world can be seen in book 2 of William Blake’s “Milton.” For example, he goes on to write that “All animals upon the Earth are prepared in strength / To […] Continue reading
Milton wants to celebrate self-love through the journey of sexual liberation, breaking away from the Urizen state of mind that “dares to mock with the aspersion of Madness/Cast on the Inspired, by the tame high finisher of paltry Blots” (202). The madness of course being the image offered through plate 47: two men–one enjoys the […] Continue reading
By examining the engraved images of what is clearly a depiction of a man performing oral sex towards another man is actually an engraving that is supposed to portray Blake’s encounter with Los (further explained in the footnotes). By taking a closer look at the detail of both images, both of the men are presented […] Continue reading