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Elliptical opposites in William Blakes “Songs of innocence & of experience” and “The marriage of heaven and hell”
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

William Blake claimed that mankind in the postlapsarian world lives under Generation, i.e. the conditions that the Fall created of hardships and death for humanity. This world of Generation is built up of opposites that Blake believed to be positive forces of energy. In his eyes opposites can never be negative forces, beacuse thay are what makes the world and humanity go on turning and living. The concept of this essay is elliptical opposites, i.e. the opposites are always supporting each other like the two poles in a geometrical ellipse. The essay analyses the elliptical opposites in Blake’s early poetry, that is, in Songs of Innocence & of Experience and in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. By showing humanity the way to these elliptical opposites Blake wanted to lead mankind into a greater understanding of the divinely inspired Imagination that helps us as human beings to live our lives fully.

Abstract [en]

William Blake claimed that mankind in the postlapsarian world lives under Generation, i.e. the conditions that the Fall created of hardships and death for humanity. This world of Generation is built up of opposites that Blake believed to be positive forces of energy. In his eyes opposites can never be negative forces, beacuse thay are what makes the world and humanity go on turning and living. The concept of this essay is elliptical opposites, i.e. the opposites are always supporting each other like the two poles in a geometrical ellipse. The essay analyses the elliptical opposites in Blake’s early poetry, that is, in Songs of Innocence & of Experience and in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. By showing humanity the way to these elliptical opposites Blake wanted to lead mankind into a greater understanding of the divinely inspired Imagination that helps us as human beings to live our lives fully.

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2001. , 27 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53850Local ID: ENG D-10OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53850DiVA: diva2:1102410
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English
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