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William Blake

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William Blake




 About Me


       I was born on Nov. 28 1757 in London, England.Two of my six siblings died while an infant. I am a painter, writer, engraver, and poet. I didn't go to any school until I ten where i attended drawing school. Two years later i gave up on drawing and moved to poetry. When i reached fourteen, I left drawing school because it was getting expense. I became an apprentice of an engraver. Once I ended my seven-year term, I moved on to study at the royal academy, off and on. By 1782, I married an illiterate woman name Catherine Boucher. I taught her how to read and write. She helps me a lot to print my poetry. I do not have any children. In 1784, i set up my own printshop with a friend and former apprentice, James Parker. After a few years, we had to close it down. For the rest of my life, I explored many different careers. After my younger brother got older, I started to teach him how to draw, paint, and engrave. His name was Robert Blake. He became very ill in the winter of 1787, gave up, and died. When he died, I saw his spirit rise up with joy. His spirit still comes to visit me. In a dream, Robert's spirit taught me the printing method that I used in Songs of Innocence. In 1800, i moved to the town of Felpham where i taught myself  Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Italian so I could read work in its original language. In 1808, i exhibited some of my paintings in the Royal Acamdemy. A year later, I put some more of my work on exhibit in my brother's James's house.

When people viewed my work, some of them praised it and some called me insane. I have spent my latest years living in poverty. I was comforted by "the Ancients". "The Ancients" is a group of artists with a big friendship. William Blake died in 1827.






The Book of Thel (1789)

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1793)

A Prophesy (1793)

                                Europe: A Prophesy (1794)                                

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793)

The Book of Urizen (1794)

All Religions Are One (1788)

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790)

America, a Prophecy (1793)

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793)

Europe, a Prophecy (1794)

For Children: The Gates of Paradise (1793)

For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise (1820)

Poetical Sketches (1783)

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790)

Songs of Experience (1794)

The Song of Los (1795)

The Book of Los (1795)

Songs of Innocence (1789)

The Book of Ahania (1795)

The First Book of Urizen (1794)

There Is No Natural Religion (1788)

and More


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 Poem Excerpt


 A Poem Tree


I was angry with my friend:

I told my wrath, my wrath did end.

I was angry with my foe:

I told it not, my wrath did grow.


And I watered it in fears,

Night and morning with my tears;

And I sunned it with smiles,

And with soft deceitful wiles.


And it grew both day and night,

Till it bore an apple bright,

And my foe beheld it shine,

And he knew that it was mine,


And into my garden stole,

When the night had veiled the pole.

In the morning, glad I see

My foe outstretched beneath the tree.



        Interpertation: I think this peom means that he killed someone. His anger built up so much that he couldn't hold it  in any longer until it exploded. He didnt know how he would react unless he was put in that situation. The anger just got so filled up that he went over the edge. The message I get from this poem is that you will never know what you will do in a situation unless you were put in that situation. Interpertation by: Seth VanderMoere.




The Ancient of Days
The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun



The Book of Urizen: The Web of Religion

The Body of Abel Found by Adam and Eve

Satan Inflicting Boils on Job


The Blasphemer

Whirlwind of Lovers (Illustration to Dante's Inferno)

Joseph of Arimathea Among the Rocks of Albion

Glad Day

The Skeleton Re-animated

And More




Sources Cited

Information Cited:

Merriman, C.D. “William Blake.” Literature Network. 2006. 30 Oct. 2007 <http://www.online-literature.com/blake/>.

“The William Blake Archive.” The William Blake Archive. 1996-2007. Modern Language Association. 30 Oct. 2007 <http://www.blakearchive.org/blake/main.html>.

“The William Blake Page.” Art of Gail Gastfield. 1994. 30 Oct. 2007 <http://www.gailgastfield.com/Blake.html>.

“William Blake.” Poets.org. 1997-2007. The Academy of American Poets. 30 Oct. 2007 <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/116>.


Images Cited:

Ancient World. 07 May. 2006. 30 Oct. 2007 <http://www.ancientworlds.net/aworlds_media/ibase_1/>.

Mitchell, John. “Fine Art Gallery.” ABM-Enterprises. 2000-2007. 30 Oct. 2007 <http://abm-enterprises.net/artgallery.html>.

Whitney, Elizabeth. “English Romanticism.” English Romanticism. 7 Feb. 2000. 30 Oct. 2007 <http://www.uh.edu/engines/romanticism/>.




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