Can anyone please tell me Blake’s use of sexuality in Love and Harmony Combine
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Blake explores the relationship of opposites in this poem. This time, the dialect is marriage, and the speaker is examining the interrelationships between love, freedom, and marriage. Particularly in this poem, it is the opposition between genders and the opposition of freedom out of love and slavery in love that are compared. There has been a lot written on the hidden sexual references that are laden in Blake’s poetry. While some of the examples put forward by Blake scholars who seek sexual innuendo in all of Blake’s writings is debatable, there are some instances where sexual reference is prevalent without doubt. There has been some work on homosexuality and homoeroticism appearing in the poems as well, and this is a harder case to prove. Regardless of the directed gender of the metaphor, sexuality does play an important role in Blake’s canon. Due to Blake’s feeling that the human imagination and desire is oppressed in all forms, it makes complete sense that he would also draw upon the supposed dishonor and immoral act of copulation as just one more facet of persecution against nature’s intent. The most repeated reference made to this is the literary allusion repeatedly made to Milton and the fall of man from the Garden of Eden as a result of his sin for love.