Romanticism in William Blake and Tennessee Williams Comparison Essay by AnonyMiss

Romanticism in William Blake and Tennessee Williams
This paper compares similar themes of romanticism in William Blake's epic poem 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell' to Tennessee Williams' southern drama "A Streetcar Named Desire".
# 102881 | 1,950 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This paper explains that the multifaceted romantic movement is ripe with variety and reach with decidedly similar "romantic" characteristics and qualities interwoven throughout otherwise vastly different texts. The author points out that, despite their distinctive literary identities, countries of origin and time frames, William Blake and Tennessee Williams share a place in the artistically and timelessly transcendent Romantic epoch. The paper relates that one of the themes of the romantic movement in William Blake's 1793 poem 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell', which was written against the tumultuous historical backdrop of the American and French Revolution, is the duality of human nature. The author stresses that the Tennessee Williams' 1947 drama "A Streetcar Named Desire", like "Marriage", has the themes of personal confliction and social confinement.

From the Paper:

"In addition to an emotional catharsis, Blanche aims for a physical and spiritual purification as well. She bathes excessively in a hot tub despite the sultry July temperature, refusing to be seen without her powder and perfume and "fancy fox fur pieces". She softens the harsh light in her bedroom with a festive Chinese lantern and even refuses to eat unwashed grapes. She demurs to Mitch that she "can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than a rude remark or a vulgar action", all the while deflecting his physical affection under the pretense of remaining refined."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blake, William. "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell." The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: Romantic Poetry and Prose. Ed. Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling. New York: Oxford UP, Inc., 1973. 34-43.
  • Bloom, Harold. "Dialectic in the Marriage of Heaven and Hell." Proceedings of the Modern Language Association 73 (Dec.1958): 501-504.
  • Fritscher, Jack. Love and Death in Tennessee Williams. Diss. Loyola U, 1967.
  • Galloway, Shirley. "Last Stop: Blanche's Breakdown." 1993. 5 Mar. 2008 <>.
  • Holditch, W. Kenneth. "The Broken World: Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism in A Streetcar Named Desire." Confronting Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire: Essays in Critical Pluralism. Ed. Philip C. Kolin. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1993. 147-66.

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