Last Saturday (July 10), one of the writing exercises my College of Poetry teacher has given us is to take a proverb from “The Marriage of Heaven or Hell” by William Blake and make it the epigraph – the starting line – of a poem. There are many intriguing proverbs from this poem that I like, such as “The cut worm forgives the plow.” This refers to the Neo-Classical movement “forgiving” the Romanticism era for replacing it. Whereas Neo-Classical is all about the orderly, elegance and rationality, Romanticism is about the wild, emotions and colloquial language. Other proverbs I like from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” are “The cistern contains; the fountain overflows,” “A dead body revenges not injuries,” and “Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead.” Blake is saying the same thing with these proverbs: Allow emotions and individualism (Romanticism) to take over rationality and the chain of being.
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Teresa Edmond-Sargeant has been writing poetry since nine years old, and writing newspaper articles since 16. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was an editor, writer and photographer for the campus newspaper. She also penned a college thesis that explored the impact of print journalism scandals on the media’s reputation. Teresa was a newspaper freelancer and an editorial assistant for publishing houses and newspapers before becoming a staff writer for a North Jersey newspaper, The Suburban Trends. For her work there, she won Second Place in the Interpretive Writing Category in the New Jersey Press Association 2009 Better Newspaper Contest. In 2006, Teresa published her debut book of poetry “How Fate's Confusion Connects" with Wheatmark Inc. She continues to publish poetry and appear at local poetry venues. In January 2012, Teresa launched her publishing imprint Heathermoors Books, through which she’ll release her own novels, starting with Warding Off Reality in 2012. When Teresa wants to wind down from writing, she reads (a lot!), goofs around with her 10-year-old daughter and executes mad roundhouse kicks in tae kwon do class. View all posts by Teresa Edmond-Sargeant