Upon the completion of this thesis,I am grateful to those who have offered meencouragement and support during the course of my study.
First,specialacknowledgment is given to my respectable supervisor whose patient instruction andconstructive suggestions are beneficial to me a lot.
Second, particular thanks go to allthe teachers and professors who have taught me for their instruction and generoussupport during these years. What is more, I would like to present my thanks to one ofmy special friend from whom I get tremendous love and encouragement as well astechnical instruction. Finally, I would like to express the most heartfelt gratitude to myfamily members who have provided me great help and support.
Though the mostunfortunate thing happened to me, while I survived and became sfronger. Their love isalways the source of my strength during the period of thesis writing. And I love you,dad.
During the preparation of the master's thesis, I have received a lot of invaluablehelps from many people. Their comments and advices contribute to theaccomplishment of the thesis.
First of all, the profound gratitude should go to my supervisor Professor CaoDaogen. He has given me great instructions and encouragements throughout theprocess of selecting the research topic, writing the thesis, improving the outline andthe argumentation, and correcting the grammatical errors. His insightful comments onevery draft, which provide me with many enlightening ideas, have inspired me to agreat extent. The thesis could not be finished without his patient guidance.
Secondly, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all the teachers who havehelped and taught me in this university. I am particularly grateful to Professor ShaoBin and Professor Zhang Ling. Their linguistics courses have broadened my horizonand aroused my interest in linguistics.
I also want to thank all the authors whose books and articles have inspired me inthe entire process of finishing the thesis.
I would like to dedicate my paper to all those who have offered me tremendousassistance during the three years in Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics.
First of all, my heartiest thanks flow to my supervisor, Professor Cao Daogen, forhis helpful guidance, valuable suggestions and constant encouragement both in mystudy and in my life. His profound insight and accurateness about my paper taught meso much that they are engraved on my heart. He provided me with beneficial help andoffered me precious comments during the whole process of my writing, without whichthe paper would not be what it is now.
Also, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the professors who havetaught me in this university that greatly broadened my horizon and enriched myknowledge in my study. Their inspirational and conscientious teaching have providedme with a firm basis for the composing of this paper and will always be of great valueto my future academic research.
My thanks also go to the scholars whose monographs and academic papers haveenlightened me in the writing of this paper.
Finally, I would like to extend my deep gratefulness to my family and friends,especially my three roommates, Chen Linghua, Gong Sha and Huang Jin, whoseencouragement and support have made my accomplishments possible.
I would like to extend my deep gratitude to all those who have offered me a lot ofhelp and support in the process of my thesis writing.
First and foremost, my sincere thanks go to Professor Li Changbao, my supervisor,who has offered me numerous valuable comments and suggestions with incomparablepatience and encouraged me profoundly throughout my postgraduate study. Without hispainstaking teaching and insightful advice, the completion of this thesis would havebeen impossible.
Also, I owe many thanks to all the professors who have taught me during myprevious study in this university, for leading me into a challenging yet fascinating fieldof academic research. The profit that I gained from them will be of everlastingsignificance to my future research.
Last but not least, I am deeply indebted to my family and friends, who have helpedme and shared with me my worries, frustrations, and happiness.
This thesis would not come into being if I had not received help from mysupervisor, teachers, classmates, and family. They offered me so much encouragement,without which I could have already given up. But before I express my sincerestgratitude to them, I would thank my God. It was always He who first came to help mewhen my faith was influenced by Blake's unorthodox theological thinking. Again itwas He who gave me wisdom and patience to do whatever I did for his glory.
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." （NIV, Ecclesiastes 9:10）And here is the prayer when I was in the valley of despair: "May the favor of the Lordour God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the workof our hands." （Psalm 91:17） It is His faithfulness and unfailing love that urged me towrite the thesis with all my might.
My supervisor Xu Xiaodong did offer me so much help that I feel so grateful tohim. He has lent me over thirty valuable monographs, biographies, anthologies, andcollections of essays. Nearly all of the books were bought from abroad at his ownexpense. His fervent love for literature, his relentless pursuit of knowledge, and hismeticulous attitude towards research manifest the personalities and qualities I shouldcultivate as a qualified scholar. Whenever I sent him an article he always gave meprecious suggestions that really improved my critical thinking a lot. For many times Ifailed to keep my promise, he forgave me and kept encouraging me to pursue mystudies. I give my most genuinely gratitude to him for his generous help.
Besides my supervisor, I have benefited from many other teachers. Prof. ZhangRuwen, Prof. Yi Jianhong, Prof. Jiang Yuebin, Sun Jiurong and Wei Lina, they havetaught me many critical approaches and broadened the scope of my knowledge invarious fields of literature. Moreover, I would like to extend my gratitude to myclassmates and roommates. They taught me how to balance study and rest. I alsothank my family, especially my sister, who came to my school many times to visit me.
Her support and comfort gave me much strength.
Lastly my gratitude would be expressed to Charles Gardner, Paul Berger, HelenC. White, Maung Ba-han, S. Foster Damon, J. G. Davies. Even though some of themhave gone to the land where no traveler returns back, their results of years of researchwill be passed down to future generations. Without their researches, students ofWilliam Blake would fumble many more years in the mystical land of the mystic-poet.
William Ralph Inge, Miss Evelyn Underhill, Emily Herman, Joseph B. Collins,without whose systematic exploration of mysticism I would be totally at loss in thevast ocean of this particular human experience.
My study at the College of International Studies will soon come to an end and, at the completion of my graduation thesis; I wish to express my sincere appreciation to all those who have offered me invaluable help during the four years of my undergraduate study here atTai Zhou Institute of Nanjing university of Science and Technology.
Firstly, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my supervisor, Professor Xu Guixiang, for her constant encouragement and guidance. She has walked me through all the stages of the writing of this thesis. Without her consistent and illuminating instruction, this thesis could not have reached its present form.
Secondly, I should give my hearty thanks to all the other faculty members of the Department of English for their patient instructions in various courses and their precious suggestions for my study here.
Lastly, my thanks would go to my beloved family for their loving considerations and great confidence in me all through these years. I also owe my sincere gratitude to my friends and my fellow classmates who gave me their help and time in listening to me and helping me work out my problems during the difficult course of the thesis.
First and foremost, I shall extend my deepest gratitude to my supervisor, Professor Hu Zhijun, for his patient and precious instructions. During the process of this translation practice, he did give me a lot of help. On the one hand, he helped me to check and examine the source text to ensure that the author's understanding was correct. On the other hand, he guided me in writing this translation report. What impressed me most was his attitude towards work and study. Without his insightful suggestions and help, I was unable to finish this translation task successfully.
Secondly, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all the teachers who have taught me or given me advice on my studies or daily life. They have helped me a lot when I was confronted with confusions or difficulties. It was their kindness and care that made me study and live happily in Shandong University.
Thirdly, my heart-felt thanks also go to my classmates and roommates who helped me a lot in the completion of this paper. I was grateful for Lu Songdian, Xie Zhiguo, and Zhao Ruizhi who have helped me polish the draft of the translation. Thanks to their hard work and kindhearted help, I was able to make the translation readable and acceptable.
Last but not least, I would like to express my thanks to my beloved parents for their unfailing love and support. For so many years, they have always been supporting me and respecting me. Their love and care are the greatest fortune of my life.
Firstly, my foremost thanks go to my supervisor, Professor Li Jieping who has given me numerous important suggestions and invaluable guidance during the period of my thesis writing. Her wonderful lectures arouse my strong interest in the study of American literature and she maintains an efficient communication with me to ensure that I can complete the thesis smoothly. Then, I am indebted to her, not just for her supervisory aid but also for her encouragement, wisdom, and friendship over the last three years.
Secondly, my heart-felt thanks also go to Professor Wang Juli and Professor Zhang Fuyong, for their valuable advice and their excellent courses which have nurtured my passion for literature and brought lots of benefits to me. My sincere thanks are also extended to many other respected professors of School of Foreign Languages, Ludong University, especially Professor Chen Zongli, Professor Xiu Xudong and Professor Jia Zhengchuan for their inspiring and insightful lectures.
Thirdly, I would also like to express my sincere thanks to my lovely classmates who have provided me a great deal of help and encouragement during these three years. Particularly, I want to thank my dear roommates Wu Hua, Li Keying and Cui Siyan for their invariable encouragement and friendship.
Finally, I am very grateful to my parents. Only with their selfless support, concern and love, can I overcome those difficulties and pursue my study till now. Their loving considerations and helps are the source of my strength.