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English Literature and Linguistics

Course Description

I have studied English Literature and Linguistics at the Eötvös Lóránd University of Sciences, Faculty of Arts (ELTE BTK), Department of English Literature and Linguistics (DELL) in Budapest. Due to my deep involvement in philosophy I was more attracted to literature and especially mysticism and mystic poetry. Therefore I have specialized on the British mystics, such as John Milton and William Blake.

William Blake

Course Description

MA course in English Literature and Linguistics [Autumn 1993 – Autumn 1996 (MA in 2000)]


ELTE Student ID


Master of Arts in English Literature and Linguistics

Master of Arts in English Literature and Linguistics

( Official English translation )

Introductory courses  (10 courses. 19 hours)


Name of Course




Language Practice I.
Márta Pellérdi

A level (5)


Professional Language Use I.
Martin Baker
A level (5)


Language Practice II.
Márta Pellérdi
A level (5)


Professional Language Use II.
Dr. Walanne Steele
A level (5)


Introduction to British-American Literature
Prof. Aladár Sarbu
C level (3)


Intro to British-American Literature seminar
Dóra Csikós
A level (5)


Intro to British-American Culture & History
Tamás Magyarits

C level (3)


Introduction to English Linguistics
Péter Lázár
B level (4)


Introduction to English Linguistics seminar
Péter Szigetvári
B level (4)


Intermediate English Language Exam
B level (4)

Main courses  (24 courses 38 hours)


Name of Course




Language development 1. (Film and Culture)
Julie Gray
A level (5)


Language development 2. (Journalism)
Edit Kontra
B level (4)


Language development 3. (Media Studies)
Antonia Burrow
A level (5)


English poetry
Dr. Gyõzõ Ferencz
B level (4)


English poetry seminar
Krisztina Szalay
A level (5)


English novel and fiction
Gizella Kocztur
D level (2)


English novel and fiction seminar
Judit Friedrich
A level (5)


English drama
Erzsébet Zombory
B level (4)


English drama seminar
Dóra Csikós
A level (5)


History of England I.
Miklós Lojkó
C level (3)


History of England II.
Andrea Velich
C level (3)


American Literature
Michael Blumenthal
A level (5)


American Literature seminar
Zsófia Bán
A level (5)


History of the USA
Tamás Magyarits
D level (2)


English Phonetics and Phonology
Törkenczy / Nádasdy
D level (2)


English Phonetics and Phonology seminar
Péter Siptár
C level (3)


English Phrasal Syntax
László Varga
D level (2)


English Phrasal Syntax seminar
Lajos Marosán
B level (4)


English Clausal Syntax
Éva Stephanides
D level (2)


English Clausal Syntax seminar
Péter Lázár
C level (3)


History of the English Language and Dialects
Veronika Kniezsa
D level (2)


History of English Lang. and Dialects  seminar
Ádám Nádasdy
D level (2)


English Applied Linguistics
Judit Zerkowitz
D level (2)


English Language Comprehensive Exam
D level (2)

Specialized courses (13 courses. 22 hours)


Name of Course




Literature spec. sem. (Guilt and Suffering…)
Ildikó Lányi
A+ level (5)


Literature spec. sem. (Multicultural Mosaic)
John Drew
A level (5)


American spec. sem.  (The Vietnam Syndrome)
Tamás Magyarits
A level (5)


Linguistics spec. sem. (History of Spelling.)
Veronika Kniezsa
A level (5)


Linguistics spec. sem. (Middle English)
Veronika Kniezsa
A level (5)


Spec.sem.1. (19th century Australian Literature)
Carl Whitehouse
A level (5)


Spec.sem.2. (Patrick White)
Carl Whitehouse
A level (5)


Spec.sem.3. (Cambridge poetry loft)
John Drew
A level (5)


Spec.sem.4. (Pre-Raphaelites – English painting)
Éva Péteri
A level (5)


Spec.sem.5. (William Blake)
Ágnes Péter
A level (5)


Spec.sem.6. (John Milton - Paradise Lost)
Mark Thomas
C level (3)


Spec.sem.7. (The Death of Poetry)
Drew & Ferencz
A level (5)


Dissertation: "William Blake – The Book of Urizen"
A level (5)


Comprehensive Final Exam
B level (4)

Index No.: XLVI-0884/93


  • William Blake - The Book of Urizen



    • I. Introducing William Blake

    • II. Major Influences

      • The Romantic period
      • Protestant mysticism
      • Political Radicalism
      • Neoplatonism
      • Freemasonry and Secret Societies
      • The New Church

    • III. The Book of Urizen

      • The Chapters

      • Preludium
      • Chapter I. - Urizen
      • Chapter II. - Prior to Existence
      • Chapter III. - Grasping Subsistence
      • Chapter IV. - Taking form
      • Chapter V. - Foundations of Life
      • Chapter VI. - Generation
      • Chapter VII. - Chains of Being
      • Chapter VIII. - The Material World
      • Chapter IX. - The Human Race

      • Appendix: William Blake - The Book of Urizen

      • Bibliography

      • List of Plates

    » Read the full work:
    » William Blake - The Book of Urizen .


    In my thesis I carry out a close-reading of William Blake’s The Book of Urizen. My analysis observes the accordance between Blake’s work and the hermetic traditions, especially on the philosophical side. In my analyses I draw immediate parallels between Blake’s visionary work and the teachings of various mystic and hermetic traditions and outline the obvious correspondences of the two. My aim is not to find immediate historical or referential links between the poem and the mystic teachings, but to reveal the possible meaning of the visionary epic. I wish to show the connections between Blake's visionary poetry as art and formulated philosophies both depicting the same universal truths. My point is to show the universality of the ideas expressed.

    Therefore I draw immediate analogies from the traditions and teachings of Gnosticism, Neoplatonism and Greek mythology, the Sumerian and Persian mythology, Hermetic philosophy, Alchemy and Occultism, the Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, and some Eastern examples from Hindu, Buddhist and Chinese philosophy. I also draw parallels with the Bible and John Milton's Paradise Lost.

    Furthermore, I don't only give a complex analyses of Blake's The Book of Urizen, but also William Blake the visionary mystic. That is why chapters I & II are included. Altogether my work is a tribute to the great master of poetry, William Blake himself – the seer of universal truths.

    The Book of Urizen is Blake's Genesis, and the core of his Bible of Hell, re-shaping the Fall and the Creation of the physical universe. It is also the locus for his mythology in 'A Song of Liberty', America, Europe, The Song of Los, The Book of Ahania and The Book of Los, all of which rest on the ideas presented in this poem. Urizen, like Milton's Satan, was an angel enjoying the immoral life, though among democracy of immortals. He is not cast out for rebellion against law, but separates himself by demanding that Law be established. Los, the immortal artist, emerges to define, clarify and make sense of the disaster, by the power of imagination. Blake works in many more allusions. Los becomes Adam, and Enitharmon his Eve. Orc is born to her, like Cain, but also the Serpent.

    The storyline of the poem is as follows: Urizen – a god of Reason who separates himself from other Eternals, demands obedience to his self-proclaimed principles, and falls into Chaos – is an abstract, vain and punitive deity. A body is created for him by , 'the eternal prophet' or Divine Imagination. But Los, exhausted, divides into male (Los) and female (Enitharmon). Their child Orc – who represents Rebellious Energy – is born but immediately chained to a rock. Urizen then explores his deadly world, and mankind shrinks up from Eternity. Finally, some of Urizen's children begin an exodus.



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     Linguistics :

      Daniel Tarr : Applied Linguistics Glossary . [Autumn 1994] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
      Daniel Tarr : English affixes . [Autumn 1993] {ELTE DELL}
      Daniel Tarr : The etymology of paradise, dough, and fiction . [Autumn 1994] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
      Daniel Tarr : Heads (Linguistic difficulties of Percolation) . [Spring 1995] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
      Daniel Tarr : Parts of Speech . [Spring 1995] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
      Daniel Tarr : Stress in the English language . [Autumn 1994] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
      Daniel Tarr : Textual analyses of "Intended Lease for Life" (1420) . [Spring 1996] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) « read it ]

    Literature :

      Daniel Tarr : 2 Short Essays on Poetry : Poetic Forms [(MS Word) « read it ] ; The Death of Poetry [(MS Word) « read it ] : Margareth Piercy - Unlearning not to Speak ; Naula Archer - Whale on the Line ; Sidney Keyes - The Gardener ; George Barker - Poem XXVI ; William Carlos Williams - Between Walls ; Sylvia Plath - Lady Lazarus ; [Autumn 1995]
      Daniel Tarr : Contemporary British Mosaic (5 short essays) : Kazuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day [(MS Word) « read it ] ; Timothy Mo - Sour Sweet [(MS Word) « read it ] ; John Agard - English Girl Eats Her First Mango [(MS Word) « read it ] ; Stephen Poliakoff - Coming into Land [(MS Word) « read it ] ; Salman Rushdie - The Satanic Verses [(MS Word) « read it ] [Autumn 1995]
      Daniel Tarr : The Psychology of Crime in Edgar Alan Poe's writings . [Autumn 1995] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
      Daniel Tarr : H.P. Lovecraft - The Cthulhu Myth . [Spring 1994] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
      Daniel Tarr : Milton's Paradise Lost - The Fall of Man . [Autumn 1996] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) «read it ]
      Daniel Tarr : Percy Bysshe Shelley : Ode to the West Wind . [Autumn 1993] {ELTE DELL}
      Daniel Tarr : Walt Whitman - The new era of America . [Autumn 1994] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
      Daniel Tarr : W.B. Yeats -Purgatory . [Spring 1994] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) «read it ]
      Daniel Tarr : William Blake - The Book of Urizen . (MA Thesis) [March 2000] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
      Daniel Tarr : William Shakespeare -Sonnet XCIV . [Spring 1994] {ELTE DELL} - [(MS Word) « read it ]

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