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William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2019-11-20 11:39:45

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

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“Objects of Charity”: Capitalist Philanthropy in Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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

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Children of Britain: Examining William Blake’s Song of Innocence and Experience

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

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Embracing Self-Annihilation

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

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Love Yourself: Masturbation in “Milton”

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

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Jose’s Blog Post

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

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Artistic Excitement and Production

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

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False Forgiveness

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

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Milton Beyond the Grave

In the first part of his grand poem Milton, William Blake comes up with his own various interpretations of his favorite writer and creator of Paradise Lost, John Milton. In his recounting of his life and call to use some of Milton’s energy in his own writing, it is clear that Milton had to “go down […] Continue reading

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Mortal Milton and Self-Annihilation

In Plate 15 of Blake’s Milton, Milton needs to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death” (Pl 15, ln 22) to revert back to human and fight against his Selfhood. Selfhood in this text can be characterized as “prideful self-righteousness” (Blake’s Poetry and Designs 145) that is intensified when one’s ideas are worshipped and taken as law. […] Continue reading

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