Blinded by the Sun, Rage against Darkness, and the Void: When Dylan Thomas Meets William Blake in the Final Frontier

The songtitle "Starblind" does not seem very surprising for an album which is called The Final Frontier (2010) due to the shared reference to space. Or, so it seems. First, "starblind" refers more to eyesight than to the outer space and secondly, "Starblind" deals with much more complex topics, such as religion, wisdom, and mortality. … Continue reading Blinded by the Sun, Rage against Darkness, and the Void: When Dylan Thomas Meets William Blake in the Final Frontier

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Thank You

I have decided to turn one of my planned pieces into a research article instead and submit it to a Blake journal. Meaning I can use some crossed fingers… In this place I want to thank my regulars and those readers who have given me feedback and / or encouraged me. Or just taken the … Continue reading Thank You

The Band That Inspired the Game That Inspired the Graphic Novel That Inspired the Tour

As clear-cut as "Legacy of the Beast" may seem- a title which means no less than the legacy of the band Iron Maiden, is still utterly confusing. If I say that I will talk about the "Legacy of the Beast" in this article, do I refer to the tour (European leg 2018 and North and South … Continue reading The Band That Inspired the Game That Inspired the Graphic Novel That Inspired the Tour

The Virgin Thel Weeping for Fear of Dying and the Birth of Death: Swapped Gender Roles and Zombies

It is quite easy to relate "Book of Thel" (The Chemical Wedding, 1998) to the (art)work of William Blake, simply because one of his works goes by the same title (1789). That is probably where the easy part finds its sudden end, because at a first glance the two pieces do not seem to have … Continue reading The Virgin Thel Weeping for Fear of Dying and the Birth of Death: Swapped Gender Roles and Zombies

A Ship Trapped in Ice, a Ghost Ship, and the Power of Nature: the Curse of the Albatross

Only a few things are as strongly linked to a specific element of British literature as is the albatross. "Having an albatross around one's neck" is another way of saying that one faces public shame, guilt, and the certainty of fault. This all goes back to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's rather longish poem "The Rime of the Ancient … Continue reading A Ship Trapped in Ice, a Ghost Ship, and the Power of Nature: the Curse of the Albatross

World War I Poetry and the Third Battle of Ypres: Paschendaele

"Paschendale" (Dance of Death, 2003) commemorates a long-lasting battle of WWI. Its imagery is vivid "Blood is falling like the rain"; the described horrors mortifying "lifeless bodies hanging in barbed wire". Yet, what if I told you that I have seen the lifeless bodies hanging in barbed wire on a photograph, a sight I will … Continue reading World War I Poetry and the Third Battle of Ypres: Paschendaele