William Blake

William Blake was known for his poetry, although he was also an artist of the Romantic Age.

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William Blake

Where did William Blake go to school?

he went to a school in london

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What type of poetry is the lamb by William Blake?

Well, you see. The lamb gets slaughtered by a psychopath in the woods with a machete. So the theme for "The Lamb" would be craziness.

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What year did William Blake write the little black boy?

it was writtern in 1789.he wrote it when he visited Africa for his friend"s purpose then he saw and realised to write this poem as he was an writer.

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William Blake

What did William Blake see at the bottom of his garden?

I stand in my hometown

Shining With a light held in my hand

Twenty Seven years have now gone by

Dots are falling down and floating up to the sky

Looking now at wet sand in my hand

Now at the stars in the sky

I know what did William Blake see

C'mon let's open the door just a little...

William Blake

Why was William Blake famous?

For his superb poetry, prose and art, and for his philosophy.

Willliam Blake's was a time in English literature when almost all poets wrote lengthy poems which did not suit the purposes of would be singers who sought short, crisp, tuneful poems longer than ditties. William Blake's poems catered to these types and satisfied them. Those poems were vibrant with a tune and presented an unforgettable picture of what is described in them. Picture of the fallen enemy in Poison Tree, the brightly finished picture of the strong animal in The Tiger and the loveliness of angels, lambs, sleeping children and snow-falling nights in The Night are fine examples of what made William Blake famous.

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What do the skylark and the thrush do in the poem the echoing green by the William Blake?

I was very hh

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Did William Blake write Jerusalem?

Yes, he did - both of them. "And did those feet in ancient time..." is the preface to Milton: a Poem that is commonly referred to as "Jerusalem". He also wrote Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion.

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What is the symbolism of William Blake?

If you are asking what is the symbolism of Blake's poetry, I can answer that one; however, it depends on the poem because Blake uses a range of symbols to represent his themes. Blake is considered one of the major poets of the Romantic Period (1785-1830), which is roughly around the time of the industrial period. Many of the poets who are now grouped under the "Romantics," shared an idealistic view that the human spirit would prevail over the turmoil of that age, or any future age. Revolution was another common theme, and many critics believe that the poets at that time, particularly Blake, were prophets because their poetry often contained warnings about machines replacing a more agricultural lifestyle. If one were to choose a dominant theme for Blake, it might be the imaginative vision that surpasses the common experience. He once said that "all he knew was in the Bible," and so spiritual themes and symbols are often found in his work. "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" are two of the most prominent examples; these poems are often juxtaposed when teaching his work to demonstrate his observations about the power and contradictions of a creator who could create both such meek and fierce creatures. One could argue that these animals also symbolize contradictions in human nature, especially since Blake and his contemporaries believed in Transcendentalism or the idea that God exists within all living things. Because Blake is often called a poetic prophet, his use of spiritual language and symbols may be considered part of his prophecy.

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How did William Blake become a painter and poet?

William Blake was born in London on November 28, 1757, to James, a hosier, and Catherine Blake. Two of his six siblings died in infancy. From early childhood, Blake spoke of having visions-at four he saw God "put his head to the window"; around age nine, while walking dathrough the countryside, he saw a tree filled with angels. Although his parents tried to discourage him from "lying," they did observe that he was different from his peers and did not force him to attend conventional school. He learned to read and write at home. At age ten, Blake expressed a wish to become a painter, so his parents sent him to drawing school. Two years later, Blake began writing poetry. When he turned fourteen, he apprenticed with an engraver because art school proved too costly. 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 briefly at the Royal Academy.

In 1782, he married an illiterate woman named Catherine Boucher. Blake taught her to read and to write, and also instructed her in draftsmanship. Later, she helped him print the illuminated poetry for which he is remembered today; the couple had no children. In 1784 he set up a printshop with a friend and former fellow apprentice, James Parker, but this venture failed after several years. For the remainder of his life, Blake made a meager living as an engraver and illustrator for books and magazines. In addition to his wife, Blake also began training his younger brother Robert in drawing, painting, and engraving. Robert fell ill during the winter of 1787 and succumbed, probably to consumption. As Robert died, Blake saw his brother's spirit rise up through the ceiling, "clapping its hands for joy." He believed that Robert's spirit continued to visit him and later claimed that in a dream Robert taught him the printing method that he used in Songs of Innocence and other "illuminated" works.

Blake's first printed work, Poetical Sketches (1783), is a collection of apprentice verse, mostly imitating classical models. The poems protest against war, tyranny, and King George III's treatment of the American colonies. He published his most popular collection, Songs of Innocence, in 1789 and followed it, in 1794, with Songs of Experience. Some readers interpret Songs of Innocence in a straightforward fashion, considering it primarily a children's book, but others have found hints at parody or critique in its seemingly naive and simple lyrics. Both books of Songs were printed in an illustrated format reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts. The text and illustrations were printed from copper plates, and each picture was finished by hand in watercolors.

Blake was a nonconformist who associated with some of the leading radical thinkers of his day, such as Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft. In defiance of 18th-century neoclassical conventions, he privileged imagination over reason in the creation of both his poetry and images, asserting that ideal forms should be constructed not from observations of nature but from inner visions. He declared in one poem, "I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's." Works such as "The French Revolution" (1791), "America, a Prophecy" (1793), "Visions of the Daughters of Albion" (1793), and "Europe, a Prophecy" (1794) express his opposition to the English monarchy, and to 18th-century political and social tyranny in general. Theological tyranny is the subject of The Book of Urizen (1794). In the prose work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790-93), he satirized oppressive authority in church and state, as well as the works of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish philosopher whose ideas once attracted his interest.

In 1800 Blake moved to the seacoast town of Felpham, where he lived and worked until 1803 under the patronage of William Hayley. He taught himself Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Italian, so that he could read classical works in their original language. In Felpham he experienced profound spiritual insights that prepared him for his mature work, the great visionary epics written and etched between about 1804 and 1820. Milton (1804-08), Vala, or The Four Zoas (1797; rewritten after 1800), and Jerusalem (1804-20) have neither traditional plot, characters, rhyme, nor meter. They envision a new and higher kind of innocence, the human spirit triumphant over reason.

Blake believed that his poetry could be read and understood by common people, but he was determined not to sacrifice his vision in order to become popular. In 1808 he exhibited some of his watercolors at the Royal Academy, and in May of 1809 he exhibited his works at his brother James's house. Some of those who saw the exhibit praised Blake's artistry, but others thought the paintings "hideous" and more than a few called him insane. Blake's poetry was not well known by the general public, but he was mentioned in A Biographical Dictionary of the Living Authors of Great Britain and Ireland, published in 1816. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who had been lent a copy of Songs of Innocence and of Experience, considered Blake a "man of Genius," and Wordsworth made his own copies of several songs. Charles Lamb sent a copy of "The Chimney Sweeper" from Songs of Innocence to James Montgomery for his Chimney-Sweeper's Friend, and Climbing Boys' Album (1824), and Robert Southey (who, like Wordsworth, considered Blake insane) attended Blake's exhibition and included the "Mad Song" from Poetical Sketches in his miscellany, The Doctor(1834-1837).

Blake's final years, spent in great poverty, were cheered by the admiring friendship of a group of younger artists who called themselves "the Ancients." In 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, commissioned him to design illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy, the cycle of drawings that Blake worked on until his death in 1827.

William Blake

What did William Blake say about School?

William Blake's famous poem "The Schoolboy" has this to say about school: "But to go to school in a summer morn, O! it drives all joy away; Under a cruel eye outworn. The little ones spend the day, In sighing and dismay."

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Analysis of the tiger by William Blake?

"The Tiger" is one of the most beautiful descriptive animal poems that was ever written. The poet describes the tiger as a powerful and almost immortal being. "What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?" He compares the creator of this wild beast with the creator of the innocent lamb. "Did he who made the Lamb make thee?" The poet describes the tiger as a living, breathing fire that walks brightly through the forest. "Tiger! Tiger! Burning bright, in the forests of the night." He is amazed at how God could have tamed fire and turned it into this magnificent creature. "What the hand dare seize the fire."

The poet, William Blake, uses a lot of rhyme in this poem. Rhyming couplets are found throughout the poem. "What the hammer? What the chain? In what furnace was thy brain? What the anvil? What dread grasp, dare its deadly terrors clasp?" William Blake never uses the same rhyming sound twice. Every couplet has a different rhyming sound. All in all, the rhyming scheme is very well structured. Compared to other poems of the same length, there is a lot more rhyming. The rhyming helps the poem sound good and it allows the reader to enjoy the poem even more. For example: "Tiger! Tiger! Burning bright, in the forest of the night," but if you had, "Tiger! Tiger! Burning brightly, in the forest of the night," it doesn't sound as good.

"The Tiger", like some other poems, has a steady rhythm, or beat. The first three lines all have seven syllables in all and in most of the stanzas, there are seven syllables. Sometimes a stanza has eight or six, but mostly seven syllables. This poem has an extremely enjoyable and beautiful rhythm. When people enjoy reading a poem, they understand it better and they think of the poem exactly like the poet planned.

There are a lot of metaphors in this poem. "Tiger! Tiger! Burning bright," the poet is comparing the tiger to a glorious burning flame. "What hand dare seize the fire?" the poet tells us...

William Blake

Why did William Blake write the tyger?

The reason why William wrote this is because he was thinking about animal cruelty. I think it is a very emotional poem.

William Blake

What did William Blake say about imagination?

Blake personified imagination in the form of Urthona, one of the four Zoas that make up the human consciousness. After the "fall" Urthona became Los, the tortured poet. He believed that only through imagination could the tortured poet (Los) again transcend to the state of Urthona.

The imagination is not a State: it is the Human existence itself.

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How many paintings did William Blake paint?


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Are William Blake and Quentin Blake related?

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Why did William Blake write poems?

He wrote poems that were of grate importance and overall impressions of his childhood pastimes and memories. He wrote because of his passion for nature and beauty. He wrote in-depth quality writing that people could understand and think about because he could solve some people's problems and help them think not only about themselves but about nature and all the things within it.

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What are some facts about William Blake?

As a little boy, William Blake was inspired by angels and the imagination as he would walk through the streets of the city and proclaimed to see angels and to have discussions with spirits!

2. At four years old, William Blake swears that God looked through the window at him causing him to scream at the marvel that he saw!

3. Because of these encounters, the image of the angel would be a constant symbol in William Blake's life!

4. William Blake's wife, Catherine Boucher, was illiterate and remained illiterate until her death in 1831!

5. William Blake revealed that he had powers of prophecy. When an engraver was introduced to him by his father, William saw a vision of the man being hanged as he did not like his face. Later on, it was proved that the engraver was indeed false as he was sent to the gallows for excessive debt and forgery. Blake had many talents!

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What is the two sunflowers move in the yellow room by William Blake about?

What is the two sunflowers move in the yellow room by William Blake personification

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Why did William Blake write the poem lamb?

He wanted to show the people Gods good side and that he is not that evil.

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How many poems did William Blake write?


William Blake

What did William Blake the poet think about school?

William Blake's famous poem "The Schoolboy" has this to say about school: "But to go to school in a summer morn, O! it drives all joy away; Under a cruel eye outworn. The little ones spend the day, In sighing and dismay."

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When did William Blake write the lamb?

The Lamb was written in 1789

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What awards did William Blake win?


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Figure of speech in the schoolboy by William Blake?

it has alliteration

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When was William Blake born and when did he die?

he was born on November 28 1757 and he died on August 12 1827


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