William Blake





William Blake

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born
in Golden Square, London, England, The United Kingdom
November 28, 1757

died
August 12, 1827

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William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake's work is today considered seminal and significant in the history of both poetry and the visual arts.

Blake's prophetic poetry has been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the language". His visual artistry has led one modern critic to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced." Although he only once travelled any further than a day's walk outside London over the course of his life, his creative vision engendered a diverse and symbolically rich corpus, which embraced 'imagination' as "the body of God", or "Human existence itself".

Once considered mad for his i...more


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The Portable Blake
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Works of William Blake
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More books by William Blake…
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”
William Blake

“A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.”
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

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