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William Blake 1757 - 1827

English poet, artist and mystic. The first of many notable writings was Poetical Sketches (1783), which contains one of his finest poems, 'To the Muses'. His most read work is probably Songs of Innocence (1789) which project childhood as a glorious state. This was contrasted by Songs of Experience (1794). Other notable works include The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1793), Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793), Milton (1804) and Jerusalem (1804). His best-known artistic work includes engravings for Job and Dante's Divine Comedy. One of the great lyric poets, Blake wrote his early work in a classical style but later used the romantic style made popular by Wordsworth and Coleridge.

Biography

Blake was born in London and was educated at Henry Pars Drawing School before becoming apprentice to the engraver, James Basire (1772-79). By the time he opened a print shop in London in 1784, he was already established as a graphic designer and drawing tutor. When he went to live in Sussex (1800-03), he was charged with high treason but acquitted, after which he returned to London. After a rather unsuccessful show of his artistic work in 1809, he went into obscurity and became a mystic. A radical supporter of the French Revolution, he was an outright critic of the social evils which he linked with the Industrial Revolution. His work as a poet and artist is usually understood in the context of his social, political and religious beliefs. He was not really understood by his peers but much has been written on him by twentieth-century readers who appreciate the greatness he achieved in his many fields of interest.

Available Poems
America A Prophecy
And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time
Auguries of Innocence
The Book of Thel
The Land of Dreams
Love's Secret
The Tiger
1789 - Songs of Innocence - Introduction to Songs of Innocence
1789 - Songs of Innocence - The Shepherd
1789 - Songs of Innocence - The Ecchoing Green
1789 - Songs of Innocence - The Lamb
1789 - Songs of Innocence - The Little Black Boy
1789 - Songs of Innocence - The Blossom
1789 - Songs of Innocence - The Chimney Sweeper
1789 - Songs of Innocence - The Little Boy lost
1789 - Songs of Innocence - The Little Boy found
1789 - Songs of Innocence - Laughing Song
1789 - Songs of Innocence - A Cradle Song
1789 - Songs of Innocence - The Divine Image
1789 - Songs of Innocence - Holy Thursday
1789 - Songs of Innocence - Night
1789 - Songs of Innocence - Spring
1789 - Songs of Innocence - Nurse's Song
1789 - Songs of Innocence - Infant Joy
1789 - Songs of Innocence - A Dream
1789 - Songs of Innocence - On Another's Sorrow
1794 - Songs of Experience - Songs of Experience Introduction
1794 - Songs of Experience - Earth's Answer
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Clod and the Pebble
1794 - Songs of Experience - Holy Thursday
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Little Girl Lost
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Little Girl Found
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Chimney Sweeper
1794 - Songs of Experience - Nurse's Song
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Sick Rose
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Fly
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Angel
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Tyger
1794 - Songs of Experience - My Pretty Rose-Tree
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Sunflower
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Lilly
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Garden of Love
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Little Vagabond
1794 - Songs of Experience - London
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Human Abstract
1794 - Songs of Experience - Infant Sorrow
1794 - Songs of Experience - A Poison Tree
1794 - Songs of Experience - A Little Boy Lost
1794 - Songs of Experience - A Little Girl Lost
1794 - Songs of Experience - To Tirzah
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Schoolboy
1794 - Songs of Experience - The Voice of the Ancient Bard
1794 - Songs of Experience - A Divine Image

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