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

What influenced William Blake?

William Blake is a respected poet, artist, and engraver. He was influenced by Gothic art and architecture. Not to mention he had an exceptional imagination which lead him to create many unique, yet beautiful pieces of art. Blake was strongly influenced by John Henry Fuseli who was an Anglo-Swiss painter who worshiped Shakespeare and Michelangelo. However, John Henry Fuseli was not the only artist that influenced Blake. Blake also studied the work of Michelangelo and was greatly influenced by his own religious beliefs. Blake was devoted to the bible, and also admired the medieval period.

- His work is religious or mystical in expression and romantic in spirit. It is full of movement, flickering or glaring light, medieval symbols, andmannerist musculature and arrangement.

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Did the French and American Revolution influence William Blake?

Yes they did.

At the beginning of his carrer as an engraver, William Blake was so poor that he had to publish himself his own verses. His humble origins made him to be implicated in politics. He was a radical libertarian as regards social, political and even sexual freedom.

He thought the American revolution was a great victory of an audacious youth over autocratic power. He also showed an open sympathy for the french revolutionaries. He even helped Thomas Paine, a ardent supporter of the french revolution, to flee from England to France.

Then he considered the imposed rigorous civil laws (suspension of the Habeas Corpus, The Alien Bill...) in England during the war against France in 1793, as a proof of the repression of the "Church-State" against the people. With Byron, and other intellectuals, he denounced those facts.

He was arrested in 1800 for sedition and high treason. Released in 1804, he settled in London where he died 20 years later.

His political implication is obvious in his poetry.

"Visions of the Daughters of Albion", "America: a Prophecy" , "Europe: a Prophecy" are pamphets denouncing the social and political tyranny at that time.

Some of pieces or pictures are about sexual discrimination, Slavery. But he also wrote and drawned about conscience, philosophy, unity.

He was a mystical precursor. Considered either as a genius or a madman. Actually he was both at the same time. A dreamer but not naive.

Hope you will be interested in W. Blake's work.

Here a link in which Ashleydwatson explains the symbolic aspect.

What is the symbolism of William Blake

I studied Blake when I was at the university. All of this is a remminiscence of my memory. And as my English must be "rusty", I will accept any critic or correction. :0))

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When did William Blake write 'The Sick Rose'?

The songs of innocence and experience was published in 1794.

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What does the poem The Smile by William Blake really mean?

There is no poet who has delved so deeply and critically into human nature and society, questioning our presuppositions and evoking a sense of the uncanny, like William Blake. "The Smile" says in four stanzas what 1000 philosophers could not say in 1000 books. This poem reflects the two-fold nature of human existence, as well as the duality between appearance and reality, by simultaneously revealing and concealing its inner meaning. Behind the finite interpersonal meanings of smiles and frowns, which ought not to mislead us about the totality comprised of positive and negative moments, there is a whole other layer of significance. The smile of smiles, whose inner nature is invisible, can only function in the finite world by means of potentially deceptive appearances, either as love or deceit depending on the character of the recipient. The frown of frowns-bitter experience beyond merely personal discord- induces radical self-doubt, which can only be relieved by an equally cosmic smile which surmounts the traps of the finite and restores the self. Thus Blake, by smiling upon my hungry consciousness with his intelligence as no one else can, fills me up with indescribable joy and helps me to surmount all disappointments.

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What beliefs did William Blake had?

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What is the theme of the poem love's secret by William Blake?

it is about love and

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What employment did William Blake train for?

The London poet William Blake's father was a hosier, that means a stockings and socks maker and they were poor. We can guess what employment he was trained for. He got no schooling. His mother taught him to read and write. But his father encouraged his artistic talents and he grew up as a very good painter. To this mysterious visionary, every object in this world had meaning. When he took to writing poems, he was far different from the other poets of the Eighteenth century but there were only a few to read his poems. But there has been a famous comment in the literary world then: 'Donne is out, Blake is in'. William Blake is considered one of the greatest influences on modern poetry.

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When did William Blake write the poem 'London'?

Published in Songs Of Experience in 1794, written in 1792 :-)

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Industrial Revolution poetry by William Blake?

chimney sweeper

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What does the poem The Lamb by William Blake really mean?

this poem is really talking about the relationship between God and Jesus.

God is the narrator, telling us about Jesus but in the poem actually talking to Jesus.

I really think the narration is for us to understand the relationship that God has with Jesus because realistically, they already know. But we as humans need revelation to understand, so that is what Blake is trying to get across. So really, it is a conversation between God and Jesus so that we can view it and understand a little more about Jesus and who he is and how he became who he was/is.

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What time period did William Blake live in?

He lived in the Romantic era.

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Did William Blake have any brothers or sisters?

Yes. William Blake had three siblings. He had two brothers called James and Robert and one sister called Catherine. Ironic that his wife was also called Catherine.

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Where did William Blake write The Tyger?

He Wrote It At His House!

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Was William Blake mad?

Yes

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What kind of writer is William Blake?

William Blake was a romantic poet of the 1700's

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How many painting did William Blake paint?

173

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What were The paintings of William Blake considered?

mystical and visionary apex

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What are the figures of speech in London by William Blake?

There's so much figurative language in "London" that I could not take that much time; however, I will say that most lines are filled with imagery, but to be more specific, the last line of the second verse is personification and the last line in the third stanza as well. There are more than a few alliterations, one in "...a mark in every face I meet" and in third stanza, third line.

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What other artist that painted similar to William Blake?

Blake was quite a unique kind of artist, nobody can be said to paint similarly.

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Where did William Blake die?

William Blake died in London on august 12 1227

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How do William Blake and skellig have a connection?

they both do like school and they have the same father

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Was William Blake a christian?

Yes

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What is William Blake most known for?

William Blake is mostly known for his literary productions and his etchings. He published a few works such as The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Songs of Experience and Poetical Sketches. One of his most famous etchings is Ancient of Days which was completed in 1794.

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What is William Blake most popular poem?

Probably London, which was published in Songs of Experience in 1794.

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Were children important to William Blake?

They were important to him because he used them in his poems. some people thought another way of using children.

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