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William Blake: A Poet Engraved In Time

William Blake, author of many famous poetic works, was a genius. Blake combined religion, politics and psychology directly into his works, a good example being War Song for Englishmen. Largely unaccredited for his works during his life, today Blake is considered a great European poet whose works are remain admired. Blake greatly influenced poetry in England, his works engraved into time, still admired today. Largely unaccredited for his works during his life, today Blake is considered a great European poet whose works are remain admired.

William Blake became interested in poetry during his early life. Born in London, England on November 28, 1757, Blake was the second son of his parents. The majority of his childhood was spent in London, but he lived briefly in Sussex, England. “From his earliest years he saw visions- trees full of angels.”(Encyclopedia.com) Blake never received a proper education, but at age 10 he attended art school, after announcing to his parents that he wanted to be a painter. “His painting career did not develop as he anticipated and four years later, he began a seven year apprenticeship under an engraver, where he was to learn the engraving trade and make a living off of it.”(EuropeanPoets.org) “After he was 21, he studied for a time at the Royal Academy of Arts, where he formed a violent distaste for the academic cannons of excellence in art.”(Encyclopedia.com) In 1783, Blake printed his first work, Political Sketches.

William Blake’s life was harsh and full of disappointment. He had little success as a poet and struggled to make a living. Blake married Catherine Boucher, whom he taught how to read and write. Blake also taught his brother Robert these skills, alas, his brother died in 1787. Between 1789 and 1794, Blake…...

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