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Category Archives: William Blake
I originally declared myself an English major thinking I’d be focusing on grammar and how to write properly. I was greatly surprised to find out I’d be dissecting some of the most impactful pieces of literature to have existed and reaping the knowledge they contain. My time as an English major has taught me […] Continue reading
Throughout my undergraduate English career, I’ve had many opportunities to reevaluate the world around me through the context of insightful literary works and activities, as well as improve my critical thinking and writing skills. From what began as a doubtful decision towards a path that I had previously given up on turned into field that […] Continue reading
Research Paper Abstract & Annotated Bibliography In my paper, I will discuss the significance of both illustrated and written symbols in Blake’s works that contribute to an anti-slavery critique on powers such as Christianity and politics. I set out to do a close reading on The Little Black Boy, The Chimney Sweeper, and the […] Continue reading
My paper will provide a Marxist analysis of charity schools and how these institutions foster capitalism. The presence of religion in the poems of Songs of Innocence and of Experience makes it easy to overlook the greater social issues that underlie the texts. This paper argues that through the alienation of children characters by religious […] Continue reading
Research Proposal & Annotated Bibliography In my paper, I will be discussing Marxism in a general sense and interpellation within a few poems of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. Initially, for this paper, I will start at the wake of the Industrial Revolution and how it affected child labor within Britain. The main […] 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
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 Jose’s blog post, he explains how much Blake’s favorite writer and creator, John Milton, influenced him and his works. This plate displays Milton entering Blake’s left foot, suggesting Milton is inside of Blake. Jose recognizes this interaction between Milton and Blake by pointing out Blake’s calling for Miltons power “down the nerves of [his] […] Continue reading
In regards to Jose’s post, “Milton Beyond the Grave,” I think his claim that Milton’s annihilation is necessary to inspire other artists could be further elevated with an analysis of Plate 3, which accompanies his chosen passage. The excitement and inspiration Milton brings up in artists is depicted in the excitement occurring in the illustration, […] Continue reading
In Alejandro’s post, he argues that the character Milton in Milton a Poem begs God for forgiveness due to his “self-righteous” and indulgent nature. The plate above would compliment this post well as it depicts the relationship between Milton and God, as Milton seemingly reaches for him in grief and atonement. This plate could also […] Continue reading