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Life of William Blake

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In 1757, a great British poet by the name of William Blake was welcomed to the world. Born in London England, he was the third son of his family but only second to survive. Blake was one of 5 children to his mother Catherine Wright Armitage Blake, and fathered by James Blake. During William’s childhood, his parents noticed that he was very different from his peers. Blake claimed to often see vision but his parents did not believe him; they told him it was not acceptable to lie. When William was just four years old he saw his first vision. According to his word, he saw God put his face up to his window. Later on at the age of 9 while he was walking with his parents down the street, he experienced a tree full of angels. His parents would often times try to discourage him since they found Blake’s visions to be fabricated.
When William was growing up, his parents never made him go to a conventional school. Instead, he would learn to read and write at home, and when he was ten years of age, he expressed the desire to become a painter so his parents sent him to a drawing school. Just two years later after being put into a drawing school, William began writing poetry. Then only two more years after that, William apprenticed with an art engraver because art school proved too costly. One of Williams’s projects while he was an apprentice was to sketch the tombs at Westminster Abbey, which exposed 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, William Blake married Catherine Boucher, who was illiterate. Over the next few years together, William taught her how to read and write, and instructed her in draftsmansh...

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