May 25, 2024
Ghiasuddin Alizadeh

Ghiasuddin Alizadeh

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
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Education: Ph.D in English Literature
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Faculty: Literature and Human Sciences

Research

Title
Suffocated within a Loop: An Analytical Reading of William Blake’s “The Mental Traveller” and Other Poems
Type Presentation
Keywords
William Blake, Psychosis, Fantasy, Symptom qua Sinthome, The Mental Traveller
Researchers Ghiasuddin Alizadeh، Omid Amani

Abstract

The present literature on Blake’s poetry, puzzling to scholars since his own time, proves unsuccessful in justifying the gloomy tone and perplexing nature of this poet-artist’s oeuvre. This study focuses on three main issues: cyclic movements in “The Mental Traveller” in relation to his other poems, the repetitive themes throughout them, and the continual presence of a certain mood of terror and sorrow in his works. Using the psychoanalytic concepts of symptom, fantasy, and the mental categories, we conclude that Blake’s being a psychotic is the reason for the issues presented, distinguishing him from his peers as a unique figure.