William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

William Blake
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an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic poetry has been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry has led one contemporary art critic to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced". Although he lived in London his entire life except for three years spent in Felpham he produced a diverse and symbolically rich corpus, which embraced the imagination as "the body of God", or "Human existence ... more »

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  • ''The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of ainstruction.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 9, "Proverbs of Hell," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete...
  • ''The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 7, "Proverbs of Hell," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete...
  • ''The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plates 17-20, "A Memorable Fancy," (c. 1793), repr. In Co...
  • ''If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 7, "Proverbs of Hell," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete...
  • ''If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is,infinite.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 14, "A Memorable Fancy," (c. 1793), repr. In Comple...
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  • Rookie S B (5/5/2014 5:42:00 PM)

    A Little Boy Lost! love this poem

  • Rookie William Goldman (3/17/2014 9:48:00 AM)

    I hate to lay myself open to the charge of pedantry; nonetheless in the poem London, line 3 should read And mark... rather than A mark... - which, when you think about it, makes no sense, does it?

  • Rookie A S (1/16/2014 11:59:00 AM)

    I really admire the combination of both visual and poetic art that happens in Blake's original publications of his poems. I am always surprised at how people tend to overlook them. There are great copies of the illustrations at http: //www.blakearchive.org/blake/

  • Rookie Shyam Kishore Mukherjee (11/26/2013 5:30:00 AM)

    As a poet I admire and like all the creations of William Blake. Going through the poetry of him transform me to another world. I like to read other works of him.

  • Freshman - 2,072 Points Wahab Abdul (11/20/2013 7:46:00 AM)

    most acclaimed poet in the world by reputed critics of the world.. i am liking him too much...

  • Rookie - 18 Points Ron Maynard (11/19/2013 9:01:00 AM)

    Was this poem not used to describe the Dark Knight?

  • Rookie Shubham Ghormode (5/26/2013 3:52:00 AM)

    just awesome As like the william!

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