Category Archives: Urizen

Urizen weeps because he can’t bear to touch himself

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

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Bounding the Poetic Genius

In plate 2 of William Blake’s “Milton: Book the First”, the oppressed poetic Genius is revealed within the renowned poet John Milton, author of Paradise Lost. Blake writes how the poetic Genius is called upon in Milton through various physical awareness, specifically focusing on tactile imagery (that of touch), to highlight this. Blake mentions how […] Continue reading

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A Hunger for Revolution

In William Blake’s “The Tyger” from Songs of Innocence and Experience is the essence of opposing energies of anything deemed guiltless.  In further analysing its twin poem “The Lamb,” we see this notion of opposition even more; the moral that is to be taken from having engaged in both texts, is that humanity possesses both […] Continue reading

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Urizen, The Twice Weeped

Urizen weeps twice in The Song of Los: once near the end of “Africa,” and once at the end of “Asia.” In “Africa,” Urizen weeps for his mission is nearing completion. In “Asia,” Urizen weeps for his mission is nearing failure. In “Africa,” it is said that a new philosophy of the world is approaching. […] Continue reading

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Tears for Pride

Urizen cries because he realizes that his reign over the people has finally rid him of Los and the people are surrendering themselves to the reason being subjected to them. Blake states that “The human race began to wither, for the healthy built/ Secluded places, fearing the joys of Love, / And the disease’d only […] Continue reading

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Imagination’s End

Adam and Noah are generally considered figures of religion and followers of God. However, in plate 3 Noah and Adam seem to be disgusted with Urizen’s actions, despite being associated to God. “Adam shuddered! Noah faded black grew the sunny African… Noah shrunk beneath the waters; Abram fled in fires from Chaldea; Moses beheld upon […] Continue reading

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The Reason He Cries

Urizen is ultimately weeping about the same thing: the emergence of Los, or, revolution of the peoples through the ashes of long forgotten imaginations. His rule over the world is coming to an end, which is why in “Africa”, he “gave it into the hands of Newton & Locke” (110); “it“ being the ideology of reason. […] Continue reading

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Re-volution or the End of History?

For this Wednesday (3/14), students have the option to write a post on ONE of the four prompt questions:   1. Why does Blake deviate from the Biblical account in making Adam and Noah contemporaries? (SoL, Plate 3; 6, 7; p. 109)   2. What is the significance of Urizen’s weeping at the end of “Asia”? (Plate 7, […] Continue reading

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dreaming aint just for men

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

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The Red Prophecy

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

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