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William Blake Poetry


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A powerpoint about William Blake and two of his poems, Ah Sunflower, and A Dream.

A powerpoint about William Blake and two of his poems, Ah Sunflower, and A Dream.

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  • 1. WILLIAM BLAKE By Grace Roberson
  • 2. WILLIAM BLAKE  About Blake  William Blake was an artist and a poet born in England, Nov. 28, 1757, died Aug. 12, 1827.  Was born to a moderately wealthy family and home schooled by his mother during his early childhood. At age 10 he was put in drawing classes and then apprenticed to an engraver  He was married once to Catherine Boucher, they did not have any children.  Was known to be inspired by ‘visions’.
  • 3. WILLIAM BLAKE’S WORKS  Poetry  Blake wrote many poems, the majority of which were published in collections.  His first collection was entitled Poetical Sketches and published in 1783.  The most well known poetry collections are the Songs of Innocence and the Songs of Experience.  He published many poems including A Cradle Song, A Dream, A Poison Tree, Broken Love, and Ah Sunflower.
  • 4. CONT.  Painting  Did water colored scenes from the works of Milton, Dante, Shakespeare, and the Bible.  Engraving  Made the majority of his living as an engraver.  Did many commissioned engravings for biblical, and historical purposes.  Illustrated many of his own writings with engravings.
  • 5. POEMS  A Dream  A fable told in the form of a dream that the speaker had.  Ah! Sun-flower  A meditation on a sunflower’s desire to follow the sun.
  • 6. A DREAM  Made up of five stanzas, of paired rhyming couplets.  The story of an aunt trying to reunite with her family  The motherly aunt is helped by the glow worm and beetle.  The aunt may represent the human soul, while the glow worm and beetle show divine guidance.  It is believed to be a record of a ‘vision’ that William Blake had.
  • 7. AH! SUN-FLOWER  It is made up of two stanzas, with an AB AB rhyming scheme.  The sunflower is seeking the perfect place, where the sun always shines.  The sunflower represents human aspirations, which are always seeking but never fulfilled.
  • 8. WORKS CITED  9214491?page=3   