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Category Archives: William Blake’s reception
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
Thomas Paine employed his literature that empowers a spark inside the English circles that his work has been either ridiculed or praised by readers for centuries. Contrary to popular belief, Paine was driven to express his admiration and faith in God, and just like a Newtonians, he avows the Deistic for the pursuit of happiness […] Continue reading
The contrasting levels of power present harmoniously in “Holy Thursday” from Songs of Innocence, like the children, beadles, and God in St. John’s Cathedral, illustrates the exertion of false power Thomas Paine and William Blake’s Moravian beliefs rejected. This civility with which the scene in “Holy Thursday” is conducted with demonstrates the way civility fosters social hierarchies and […] Continue reading
Through his work within The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake cryptically introduces his work through a theological manifesto. The passage is encoded to subliminally represent how Blake’s distaste for Moravian beliefs is due to his troubled understanding of how Heaven and Hell are set to be different from one another. Blake discovers a fluent […] Continue reading
In his compiled work Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake conveys several unconventional ideas and concepts inspired by Moravian beliefs, including a heavy emphasis on the body and the soul. In the first of four “A Memorable Fancy” passages, Blake writes about encounters with the infernal depths of Hell while collecting the Proverbs of […] Continue reading
The Morovian teachings Blake was exposed to had an emphasized the production of knowledge, and in turn life, through bodily means. According to Marsha Keith Schuchard in “Young William Blake and the Moravian Tradition of Visionary Art,” Morovians believed “new souls [are] birthed [from] the gushing blood” of Jesus’ crucifixion wounds, since the phallic nails penetrate the […] Continue reading
Considering the many omitted lines from “Proverbs of Hell” in Manson’s reading, it suggests Manson’s interpretation of the poem centers in on personal experience and differences. During reading “Proverbs of Hell”, a few lines struck me. A few of those lines were, “A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees./ He whose […] Continue reading
When observing the recitation of Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell” as done by Marilyn Manson, you do not expect the level of composure that Manson had when you look at his career as a musician/poet. With his rendition of the Blake poetry being spoken to the crowd, Manson delivers the symbolic imagery to the crowd in […] Continue reading
“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.” What many people tend to believe throughout their lifetime is to what they’re shown to when they grow. What I mean is that many stigmatize many conditions due to either their lack of knowledge or blatant ignorance. Here we see William Blake comparing […] Continue reading