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English Study Sheet First Midterm Exam Blake’s Contrary Truth: a few of the major oppositions that is present in Black’s Poetry. Energy Reason Eternity History and Time Jesus Satan Transcendence, becoming literalism, that which already exists Desire morality Spiritual meaning the dead letter Irony, symbolism conventional reference, labels, names Poetry and art science and politics Revelation of the invisible acceptance of the material object world Displacement system Change fixity Blake’s doctrine of Contraries: one view -Reason seeks to divide and analyze in order to know what already exists. -Energy seeks to engage and embrace in order to experience that which could be. - Thus Reason and Energy are opposed; but their opposition is dualistic and divisive only when Reason predominates, since Reason is the principle that destroys relationship and connectedness. If Reason prevailed completely, then Contrary relationship would be destroyed and, paradoxically, Reason itself would cease to exist as a Contrary. -To think of the Reason-Energy relationship as a symmetry or stasis or balancing of equal opposites is to think of it in terms of Reason. To think of the Reason-Energy relationship as asymmetrical, as an endless dialectic that never reaches any final synthesis or unity, is to think of it in terms of Energy. The point is, you cannot think of Contrary relationship from the outside; to
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 316K taught by Professor Kruppa during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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