Beyond William Blake -the usage of symbolism through storytelling

Miriam Shabeer, Elisa Cocco, Selma Rank, Anna Melanie Rasmussen & Marisol Arenas

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this project, we will investigate why symbols are important in the works of William Blake, as well as examine how his works are connected to the principles of storytelling. The project is in the realm of the dimensions “Text & Sign” and “Philosophy & Science”. Our paper con- sists of an overview of Blake’s life and an explanation about his philosophy and his relation to mysticism. Furthermore, in order to see how Blake’s work are connected to the principles of storytelling, this project will also consist of an overview of these principles, as well as his rela- tion to the use of symbols, since Blake’s work consists of various symbols. In the analytic part of our project, selected poems will be analyzed along with their illustrated drawn plates from the following works of William Blake: “The Marriage of Heaven Hell,” (1790), “The Songs of Innocence” (1789), “The Songs of Experience.” (1794) and “The Book of Urizen” (1795). We conclude that the symbols in Blake’s work are important, because they provide a deeper meaning to his work. In addition, by knowing Blake’s uses of principles of storytelling, the reader is able to look at the story from an interesting angle; thus revealing deeper meanings behind his symbols as well as hidden messages.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato21 dec. 2015


  • William Blake
  • storytelling
  • myth
  • symbolism