William Blake: The Most Celebrated Poet Of His Time

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William Blake

The sight of an angel made William Blake the most celebrated poet of his time, it influenced in his poems and painting, which it became gothic to people and made him a spiritual person. William Blake was born over his father’s hosiery shop at 28 Broad Street, Golden Square, in London on November twenty-eight, 1757. His father was James Blake a hosier, and his mother, Catherine Wright Armitage Blake. (Blakearchive.org) William Blake, being mostly educated at home learned how to read and write by his mother and later on went to school. His parents watched that he was different from others and they didn’t push him to attend to school, the main reason why his mother decided to instruct him. “They did observe that he was different from his peers and did not force him to attend conventional school.” (Blakearchive.org) Later on, Blake saw a positive thing after, writing “Thank God”… I never sent to school…”(Bloom, page 37) Apparently William Blake was a special boy, and a true believer of faith. When Blake was four years old, he told his parent he had experienced his first visions of God “His first vision occurred…when he was four. He saw God who “put his head to the window and set (Blake) screaming.” (Bloom, page 26) A couple years later, when Blake was nine years old, William claimed he had experienced new visions of angels. “ When Blake as a child told his mother “That he saw the Prophet Ezekiel under a Tree in the Fields.”” (Bloom page 26) Those visions changed William life. An age of ten William confesses to his parents that he wanted to be a painter. Later on, his father sent him to a drafting school. “At age ten, Blake expressed a wish to become a painter, so his parents sent him to drawing school.” (Guterberg.org) Two years later William began composing poetry, given great ideas from his visions and support from his family. (Bloom, Harold)

At the age of fourteen, William Blake knew how to draw, at his seven term he studied at The Royal Academy to follow an artist career “ After Par’s Drawing School, Blake applied to the Royal Academy in order to study painting.” (Poets.org) Several years later, William became an engraver with his friend James Basire. A couple years later, he fell in love with Catherine Bourcher, same year later on August eighteen, 1782 she becomes his wife “Instantly recognized her future partner” when she first saw Blake enter the room…” (Bloom page 45) Blake taught her how to read and write, “ … I learned to read and write, thanks to Blake.” (Ebscohost.com) She worked together with her husband to print the Illuminated Poetry “ She helped him to print the illuminated poetry for which he is remembered today.” (skoletonget.com) The couple had no children, but their love last forever. “ Their union last forty-five years until Blake’s death.” (Bloom page 46) In 1784, William and his friend, James Barry set up a print shop, but the print shop did not last longer. Blake began training his...

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