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Category Archives: William Blake’s reception
I do not agree with the statement, “Urizen’s weeping at the end of Blake’s “Asia” section in The Song of Los (Plate 7, line 42; p. 112) symbolizes remorse for all his injustices against humanity.” Understanding that Urizen is the embodiment of Satan and only wishes for the demise of humanity, it is unlikely for him to […] Continue reading
Urizen’s tears at the end of “Asia” in The Song of Los are the result of his failure to preserve his strict, limiting dominion on the world, rather than remorse for his actions. To maintain the laws that bind humans to reason, he bestows a “Philosophy of Five Senses… into the hands of Newton & […] Continue reading
Commending William Blake for what he’s showcased throughout his work is an understatement. Not only does he provide lucrative characters to symbolize significant aspects of his world view, but he also implements them to compare and contrast with your perception of what’s right or wrong. Throughout The Song of Los within the Asia section, Blake’s character Urizen is what […] Continue reading
In looking at Enitharmon 1,800 year old sleep, Blake tells us it is a “female dream.” Personally, I find this kind of sexist, but as is normal with Blake, there is more than meets the eye. The first thing to do is to look at the dream itself. First, it starts with Christ’s Birth and […] Continue reading
Prompt: In Plate 12, line 5 (p. 101), why is Enitharmon’s eighteenth hundred year-old slumber described as a “female dream”? According to the Blake Dictionary, “Enitharmon” is inspired by Blakes wife, Catherine Blake who seems to take pride in her femininity and womanhood. It is also made apparent that Enitharmons “emblem is the moon”, the […] Continue reading
Disclosure!: The title and content of this article is in no way a major negative view of the author and his views on feminism, but rather a way to get the reader’s attention and to create discussions upon the power dynamics of society. This is not meant to induce anger and negative ideological understandings, but […] Continue reading
In Plate 12, line 5 (p. 101), why is Enitharmon’s eighteenth hundred-year-old slumber described as a “female dream”? William Blake’s, Europe: A Prophecy sets a tone into a different comprehension of how we can be able to view Blake’s literature. Within this section of his work, it doesn’t persuade us to be able to predict […] Continue reading
As the central component of William Blake’s Europe: A Prophecy, Enitharmon dream and its characterization as a “female dream” is significant in demonstrating the impact of female energy on revolution. Enitharmon is identified as the “source of female sexual pleasure” (Europe Summary) and of “Spiritual Beauty.” Blake’s view of Enitharmon reminded me of Mary Wollstonecraft’s […] Continue reading
Through my interpretation of The Little Black Boy, there are multiple similarities that realign between Blakes message and Paine’s radical ideals via his Swedenborgian-Moravian view of Christianity. There were a few points Paine made that stood out to me, that of which in themselves detest the social norm of slavery at that time. The first being […] Continue reading
Thus, far we have read various passages of Blake’s works, noting interpretations and meaning of such works. Interestingly enough, Blake has presented his distaste in binaries either from ideologies like right & wrong, just & unjust, female & male, etc. Including, radical ideas like getting rid of institutionalized ideologies the evade within our social spheres. […] Continue reading