Nov 28, 2016

Blake's Songs: A Study of the Contraries and Parallelism

In his attempt to communicate his essential divine vision, William Blake created a poetic world where images are realized in their individual contexts and the contexts are realized in the unique Imagination of the poet. Blake’s philosophy asserts, more than anything else, the contrariety of systems with regard to human soul and other objects of creation. In claiming “without contraries is no progression”, Blake anticipates the duality in human condition that the Twentieth Century philosopher Nietzsche conceptualizes as the Apollonean and the Dionysian aspects of existence. Nowhere is this conception more vividly realized than in Blake’s Songs of Innocence followed by Songs of Experience. Such an intention is clear from his title page that describes the songs as “showing the two contrary states of the human soul”.

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Nov 22, 2016

Satan in Paradise Lost Book I: A Glorified Spirit or a Spirit Reprobate?

Satan fallen from heaven

One of the primary questions that perplexes the readers of Milton's Paradise Lost concerns the poet's delienation of Satan, the chief of the Fallen angels. Throughout the first two or three books of Paradise Lost, it appears as if Satan is the hero of the poem. This is partly because the focus of the poem is all on him. It is also because the first book establishes his strength and struggle. Milton plays against our expectation by spending the first quarter of his epic telling us about the antagonist rather than the protagonist so that by the time we come across Adam and Eve, we are given a profound understanding of the force they are up against.

Nov 16, 2016

The Rape of the Lock: Representation of Belinda

The Rape of the Lock, a mock heroic epic by Alexander Pope, is both a careful exploration of the contemporary social follies and a representation of the inner fabrics of the feminine mind. However, it would be wrong to say that Pope was entirely engrossed in the question of his heroine’s divine beauty. He rather shows a remarkably delightful treatment of the epic manner though rich satire rendering a roundness to his creative imagination. However, he makes Belinda the axis of his aesthetic presentation, thereby necessitating a more careful study of her stature.

Nov 12, 2016

Replacement Warranty

A lonely man on the highway broad
Hitchhiking horse drawn carts,
And the toll man stretches out
His fingers sharp as darts. 

"I am just a hitchhiker.' 
"But on my road you ride." 
"I have no purse", said hitchhiker 
"I would kill you if you lied". 

The driver of the carriage old 
Came out then grinning wide, 
"I found him dead 
On the highway side 
And off to you I brought 
O Death-Lord now I seek from you, 
The life, you've from me bought!"

Nov 10, 2016

Defining Divinity: Faith, Love, Sexuality

Definig Divinity: Rediscovering Religion

To Dionese

The Earth rouses herself from her winter gloom. The sun rays shine with rising vigour on the fast melting snow. Trees begin to sprout new shoots. Bees and butterflies hover over blooming rainbows. Animals shake off their drowsy hibernation to welcome the renewal of spring. The whole of Nature participates in a conspiracy of procreation.
And the race of man engages in masquerades…