William Blake

William Blake

Born: 28/11/1757 Died: 12/08/1827 Gender: Male Occupation: poet and painter

William Blake is famous today as a visionary poet, painter, engraver and mystic. But his work, especially his poetry, was largely ignored during his own lifetime and took many years to gain widespread appreciation. Much in demand as an engraver, he experimented with combining poetry and image in a printing process he invented himself in 1789. Among the spectacular works of art this produced were ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’, ‘Visions of the Daughters of Albion’, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’.

Image source: William Blake by Thomas Phillips © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Notebook of William Blake

Title: The Notebook of William Blake Published: 1787–1818 Created date: 1787–1818 Format: Poetry collection Period: Romantic Genre: Romantic poetry Learn more
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