Comparing Blake’s Milton’s self-annihilation in Book one to Ololon’s self-annihilation in Book Two, Milton’s process refers to the fragility of humanity and the power within the reconciliation of female perceptions; whereas Ololon’s self-annihilation refers to the loss of her virginity–loss of institutionalized female oppression. In Book two, Ololon is a virgin seeking to figure out the female portion or otherwise known as the “six-fold Miltonic Female” (202). She realizes the depth of eternal death within Ulro, who is Voideness and dead “spectator of eternity” (Blake Dictionary, 417). In summary, pages 202 and 203 of Blake’s Second Book of Milton, expresses Ololon’s virginity dividing herself into a sixfold placing herself into Milton’s shadow into the Felpham’s Vale. In essence, Ololon’s virginity is by Milton where she delves into the sexual vale in “clouds of blood and streams of gore” (203). Therefore, Ololon’s intellect gets reinvented, or reborn in this process of the loss of virginity, where she gains “fiery intellect” (203).  She rejoices in the deflection of the institutions and marvels at the sexual epiphany. As a result, Ololon’s clouds become garments, unlike Milton where he discarded his cloak, Ololon’s is a garment dipped in blood with words of divine revelation (203).

Before Ololon, Milton’s perception of the female relation was ignored. But in the Second Book, Ololon expresses a change that in turn create a greater change within Milton’s self. That becomes a Unit between the Sixfold figure of Ololon. The symbol of Unity allows for Ololon to shed away the bounded institutions and express to Milton her newfound knowledge, to which Milton accepts. Milton was deprived his willing blidfulness denied Ololon, but Ololo was boud to the institutions. Therefore, when she self-annhilates she reclaims herself and breathes acceptance into Mitlon.

  • Karla Garcia Barrera