institutional Christianity on such a large scale (Landow, 2009). Blake and Browning had discrepancies when it came to religious concern; one was reverent while the other was indifferent.
3RELIGION IN ROMANTIC/ VICTORIAN ERASA remarkable way that Browning and Blake apprehended their eras view on religion was through the use of literary devices. Blake tries to light up the Romantic perspective of religion byusing imagery and allegory through his writing, while Browning uses imagery and irony to exemplify the views of religion during the Victorian era. In the “The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed’s Church”, Browning uses imagery as a way to insinuates that the bishop is unconcerned with anything about God. Through the text, Browning uses various expressions so the audience can envision the flamboyant headstone; for example: “peach-blossomed marble” and “Big as a Jew’s head cut off at the nape, / Blue as a vein o’er the Madonna’s breast” (Wavell,1945). Part of the first line states, “VANITY, saith the preacher, vanity” (Wavell, 1945) which is a clear irony of Ecclesiastes 1:2 (KJV) as this bishop’s conversation is purely filled with vain interests. In “The Lamb”, Blake emphasizes God as the maker of the lamb, therefore, the lamb symbolizes creation. The lamb also leads to imagery directing to Luke 15:4-7(Jesus associates a lost soul needing a Savior to a lost lamb needing a shepherd. (KJV)) Blake’s and Browning’s use of imagery and allegory throughout their literature, delineated the views of religion during the Romantic and Victorian era.Another way that Blake and Browning used to accentuate religious views in the Romantic and Victorian era was through the priorities of the characters in their literature. Browning’s piece demonstrates religious perspectives of the Victorian era. In the writing, the Bishop is way more concerned about him being God in the afterlife, than praising God in real life. The Bishop knows his proximity to death, and despite the little time he has left, he decides to go after insubstantial matters that come to an end. For example, he discusses how grandiose hewants his tomb to be, to the point that it should outshine the tomb of his opponent, Gandolf. The
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