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William Blake
Blake in a portraitby Thomas Phillips (1807)
Blake in a portrait
by Thomas Phillips (1807)
Born (1757-11-28)28 November 1757
Soho, London, England
Died 12 August 1827(1827-08-12) (aged 69)
Charing Cross, London, England
Occupation Poet, painter, printmaker
Genre Visionary, poetry
Literary movement Romanticism
Notable works Songs of Innocence and of Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Four Zoas, Jerusalem, Milton, "And did those feet in ancient time"
Spouse
Catherine Boucher (m. 1782)

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William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, visionary, painter, and printmaker. He was born in London and died there.

During his lifetime he was not very well known. Today Blake's work is thought to be important in the history of both poetry and the visual arts. Blake's first collection of poems, Poetical Sketches, was printed around 1783. His most famous poem "And did those feet in ancient time" was, over 100 years later, put to music by Hubert Parry. The hymn is called "Jerusalem".

Blake was voted 38th in a poll of the 100 Greatest Britons organized by the BBC in 2002.

Illustrated by Blake

  • 1791: Mary Wollstonecraft, Original Stories from Real Life
  • 1796: Gottfried August Bürger, Leonora (not engraved by him)
  • 1797: Edward Young, Night Thoughts
  • 1805–1808: Robert Blair, The Grave
  • 1808: John Milton, Paradise Lost
  • 1819–1820: John Varley, Visionary Heads
  • 1821: R.J. Thornton, Virgil
  • 1823–1826: The Book of Job
  • 1824–1827: John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress (Not finished)
  • 1825–1827: Dante, The Divine Comedy (Blake died in 1827 with work on these illustrations still unfinished. Of the 102 watercolours, 7 had been selected for engraving)

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