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  • 1. 1757-1827 WILLIAM BLAKE
  • 2. THE YOUNG LIFE OF BLAKE William Blake was born in London on November 28, 1757, to James, a hosier, and Catherine Blake. Blake had six other siblings, but two had passed away of infancy. From an early childhood, Blake spoke of having visions.
  • 3. At the age of four he saw God "put his head to the window” At around the age of nine, while walking through the his countryside, he saw a tree filled with angels. At the age of ten, Blake had a wish to become a painter, so his parents decided to send him to drawing school. Although his parents tried to discourage him from "lying," they did observe that he was different from other children and did not force him to attend regular school, he learned to read and write at home.
  • 4. After two years of Blake being sent to drawing school, he started writing poetry. When he turned fourteen, he experimented with an engraver because art school. One of Blake's assignments as apprentice was to sketch the tombs at Westminster Abbey, exposing him to a variety of Gothic styles from which he would draw inspiration throughout his career. After his seven-year term ended, he studied momentarily at the Royal Academy.
  • 5. GROWN UP BLAKE Blake married a uneducated woman named Catherine Boucher. He taught her to read and as well as to write, and also instructed her in draftsmanship. Later, she helped him print the well-lit poetry for which he is remembered today. Blake and Catherine had no children. 1784, he set up a print shop with a friend and former fellow apprentice named James Parker, but this endeavor failed several years later.
  • 6. WORKS Blake's first printed work, Poetical Sketches (1783), is a collection of apprentice verse, mostly imitating classical models Blake published his most popular collection, Songs of Innocence, in 1789 and followed it, in 1794, with Songs of Experience. All Religions Are One (1788) The Gates of Paradise (1793) Poetical Sketches (1783) The Book of Ahania (1795) The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790) The Song of Los (1795) There Is No Natural Religion (1788) Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793) Work Examples
  • 7. BLAKE’S FINAL YEARS Blake spent his last moments in great deficiency, cheered by the admiring friendship of a group of younger artists who called themselves "the Ancients." 1818, he met John Linnell, a young artist who helped him financially and also helped to create new interest in his work. It was Linnell who, in 1825, hired him to design illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy, the cycle of drawings that Blake worked on until his death in 1827.
  • 8. Love's Secret Never seek to tell thy love, Love that never told can be; For the gentle wind does move Silently, invisibly. I told my love, I told my love, I told her all my heart; Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears, Ah! she did depart! Soon as she was gone from me, A traveller came by, Silently, invisibly He took her with a sigh.
  • 9. To the Muses WHETHER on Ida's shady brow Or in the chambers of the East The chambers of the Sun that now From ancient melody have ceased; Whether in heaven ye wander fair 5 Or the green corners of the earth Or the blue regions of the air Where the melodious winds have birth; Whether on crystal rocks ye rove Beneath the bosom of the sea 10 Wandering in many a coral grove; Fair Nine forsaking Poetry; How have you left the ancient love That bards of old enjoy'd in you! The languid strings do scarcely move 15 The sound is forced the notes are few.