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Discussion of literary texts published in Britain between 1780 and 1815.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

This is off topic, but I was trying to think of the name of this movie in class and couldn't remember it. (Gina mentioned Bowling for Columbine in the context of how the media shapes our thoughts, etc.) The name of it finally came to me later, and I found through a web search that the movie is still around, and apparently still pretty popular, especially on college campuses. It is probably available for rent at a video store or Netflix. It is Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media. I saw this a couple of times, about ten years ago, and I still think about it every time I see certain commericals, or hear or see "news" stories that are more like advertisements.
If "apocalypse" means "to lift a cover," then what does "anacalypse" mean?

Our good friend OED doesn't have an entry for "anacalypse" or any derivation thereof, but it does have an entry for the prefix "ana-." It reports, "'up, in place or time, back, again, anew,' in derivatives from Gr., through late or med.L. and Fr., and in mod. words from Gr. direct." Thus, "anacalypse" must mean "replace a cover." This fits with the assertion that Blake's poetry is ambiguous; he poetry does not reveal anything; rather, it only obscures things and makes us more confused -- or at least, it brings up more questions than it answers.

Mark

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Bloom comments on Blake's London," The marks of weakness and of woe in every face manifest the tyranny of the natural world as much as of the British government...the blood of all men when the apocalypse tears down nature as well as society" I really liked this because I have always thought of an apocalypse tearing down society but I have never thought about all the naturual things that are innocent being destroyed as well.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

just wanted to comment on the assignment one-thought that it was a good way to learn and i read some things that i probably would not not have without the list-i like to look at one part of an event instead of a whole book-seems that everyone did a great job with it as well

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Sorry this post is a little late, but Blogger has not been very user friendly to me. Anyways, I wanted to say a little something about The Prelude. In the last couple of lines, the poem says how there is nothing but darkness that surrounds his thoughts. He doesn't remember the trees, sea, sky, or colors; only the darkness. He continues to say how it "moves slowly through the mind by day, and a trouble to my dreams." Going off of what Mark said in class, I see this experience that he is having as being very real and something that we can all relate to. If we all think about it, there is at least one time in our life when we were humbled by the vastness and power of something natural. This recently happened to me when I visited the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for the first time. I was physically dropped as I tried to soak it all in. This experience is what I remember. I don't recall the sky, the trees, or the colors, but simply the vastness that stood in front of me. I think that this is the darkness that he is referring to. His experience of rowing away and seeing a huge mountain looming over him has created a fear. I think that fear has taken the shape of darkness. It has stuck with him and is causing him to question the extent to which things "exist" in the world.

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