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Sex, Religion, and Poetic Vision

For next Wednesday (9/25), students will write posts as comments to one of my former students:


Help this student develop a coherent interpretation by providing a close reading of a passage from Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell that, in your view, has strong Moravian images, themes, and overtones.  You are also free to respond to the former comments to this student’s post.  Write your post in the comment box unless you plan to upload images or videos, in which case you should create a regular post and categorize it under “Christ and the Body.”


File:Rafael - São João Batista.jpg

Raphael, Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance,

 Saint John the Baptist, c. 1518


Compare Raphael’s painting to the frontispiece of All Religions Are One.  Note the similar body postures and the pointing gesture:

File:ARO Plate 1 (Frontispiece).jpg 

Discussion Question on Blake’s Philosophy of Art:

Why does Blake use the frontispiece of All Religions Are One to position his argument in the tradition of Raphael’s painting of John the Baptist?