The Work of William Blake William Blake, a visionary English poet and painter who was a precursor of English Romanticism, combined the vocations of engraver, painter, and poet. He was born on Nov. 28, 1757, the son of a London hosier. Blake spent all of his relatively quiet life in London except for a stay at Felpham, on the southern coast of England, from 1800 to 1803. Largely self-taught, Blake was, however, widely read, and his poetry shows the influence of the German mystic Jakob Boehme, for example, and of Swedenborgianism. As a child, Blake wanted to become a painter.
William Blake The poet, painter and engraver, William Blake was born in 1757, to a London haberdasher. Blake’s only formal education was in art. At the age of ten, he entered a drawing school and then at the age of fourteen, he apprenticed to an engraver. ( Abrams & Stillinger 18). Although, much of Blake’s time was spent studying art, he enjoyed reading and soon began to write poetry.
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 his teachers in Richmond said: “While the other boys wrote mere mechanical verses, Poe wrote genuine poetry; the boy was a born poet,” (Allen). When Mr. Allan’s business took them to Great Britain, Poe did not waiver and continued to flourish in his studies. He was brought up in England between the years of 1815 and 1820, where he attended the Manor School at Stoke Newington (Wilson). Six years later in 1826, Poe moved back to America and attended the University o... ... middle of paper ... ... raven was just an animal, but after reading it a few more times I began to conclude that the character became more irritated with the raven it was clear that the raven represented something more than just a bird. To me, the raven was an aspect of himself, an aspect that he could not cope with.
It was not until the death of his best friend did his greater works occur. His works even won him the title of Poet Laureate, succeeding William Wordsworth. Tennyson was an active writer in his early years and his later years and his poetry shows his feelings of the world around him. Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born in 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire (“British Literature”). He attended grammar school until age eleven and he was then homeschooled by his father.
Blake was born in London in 1857, and while still in his early teens (under 14) began privately writing poetry that is considered of high caliber. Blake¹s family had the wherewithal to send him to a ³drawing school² when he was ten, and he there began formal training in art. He was greatly influenced by the art of the Renaissance world, and later wrote about his early total comprehension and appreciation of it. He continued his formal education in art, and was apprenticed and working successfully in that world by his twenties. But at heart Blake was a lover of words, and inclined to express his impressions of life through the pen as easily and readi... ... middle of paper ... ...who would be helpful figures normally - are blindly making their rounds dressed in black.
Amazingly, he did not attend school for very long and dropped out shortly after learning to read and write so that he could work in his father’s shop. The life of a hosier however was not the right path for Blake as he exhibited early on a skill for reading and drawing. Blake’s skill for reading can be seen in his understanding for and use of works such as the Bible and Greek classic literature. Interestingly enough, Blake’s skill for writing went largely unnoticed throughout his life. One of his more famous works, Songs of Innocence, which he wrote and illustrated, with the help of his wife Catherine Boucher, sold slowly and for only a few shillings during his day.
With his apprenticeship completed, he set out at 21 to earn his living as a professional engraver. Two years later, he met his future wife, Catherine Boucher, who was the illiterate daughter of a Battersea market-gardener. They married on August 18, 1782. She learned to paint and draw, but remained illiterate, and childless until her death in 1831. In 1783, he published his first volume of poetry, Poetical Sketches, for his friends.
Eventhough Blake wasn't a typical romantic writer, he too possesed the same beliefs of fighting for what one believes in, and the urge to be liberated from the opression of society. So, by being a writer of the romantic period, watching a controlled and restricted society not showing an intent to break free and fight against the monarchy, angered him and inspired him to convey his ideas and feelings throuh the poem 'London'. In the poem, Blake travels through London and descibes what he sees. And as a result, he sees a severly opressed society that is caused by the authority, such as royalty and the church. This is as Blake sees that even the 'streets' and the 'thames' are 'chartered' and governed by the authorities.
Included in this paper are some of William Blake’s fabulous art creations, I also have a personal interpretation of some of his poems. To view the poem just simply click on the title of the poem and you will have full access to the plate that the poem was printed on. When finished with this paper click on the hyperlinks found in my bibliography and you will have instant access to the world of William Blake. BIOGRAPHY William Blake was born on November 28, 1757; he was the first of the great English Romantic poets as well as a painter, engraver and printer. William Blake was the third son of a London hosier, he was brought up in a poor house hold and had very little schooling.