As a young boy, Blake claimed to have had visions of God, spirits, prophets and angels. When he was four he is claimed to have seen God’s head in his window. In his most famous vision, he saw the prophet Ezekiel under a tree and a tree of angels when he was nine (“Early Years”). Though his parents believed he was lying, they took into consideration that their son was “different” and did not believe he would succeed in a traditional school setting (“Poets”). So Blake was home schooled by his mother until he was ten years old.
His father, James Blake, was a London hosier. His mother's maiden name was Catherine Harmitage. William had three brothers and a sister. His older brother took over his father's hosiery business. His younger brothers were besaught with tragedy.
In 1783 he married Catherine Boucher, the daughter of a market gardener. Blake taught her to draw and paint and she assisted him devoutly. In 1774 Blake opened with his wife and younger brother Robert a print shop at 27 Broad Street, but the venture failed after the death of Robert in 1787. Blake's important cultural and social contacts included Henry Fuseli, Reverend A.S. Mathew and his wife, John Flaxman (1755-1826), a sculptor and draftsman, Tom Paine, William Godwin, and Mrs Elizabeth Montagu (1720-1800), married to the wealthy grandson of the earl of Sandwich. His early poems Blake wrote at the age of 12.
Blake married an illiterate woman at the age of twenty-four, named Catherine. He decided on courting her in Battersea, and the church where they were married is the only church still standing to this very day (Raine 7). Blake encountered many hardships in his life including being arrested for making slanderous statements about different things. All of the events that Blake endured in his life had a great influence on his masterful writings and drawings. It was once said that Blake and his wife were so poor, that his wife would lay an empty plate in front of him at dinner because they didn’t have anything at all to eat, and this made Blake start drawing pictures of what he wished was on his plate.
There house was on the corner of Broad Street & Marshall Street and was upon an old burial ground, his father, named ‘James Blake’ was a London hosier and his mum ‘Catherine Wright Armitage’ home schooled William at a young age. Her previous husband which was also said to be a hosier died in 1751. At the age of thirty, she then married James. William had 7 siblings and he was the 3rd child out of them. Apparently, its said to be that 2 of his siblings died of infancy.
William Blake is remembered by his poetry, engravements, printmaking, and paintings. He was born in Soho, London, Great Britain on November 28, 1757. William was the third of seven siblings, which two of them died from infancy. As a kid he didn’t attend school, instead he was homeschooled by his mother. His mother thought him to read and write.
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.
James Blake, his father, was hosier. But his mother, Catherine Wright Armitage, had been married twice already before marrying his father. William was the second oldest of four children. Right around the time William was born the Blakes had a hosier shop. During his childhood William had visions.
Many times there are cliques in work environments, and in prison. Prison life is a subculture. They have their own rules and their thinking is not the same as ours. “Descent Into Madness: The New Mexico State Prison Riot” by Mark Colvin showcases this through a study of the New Mexico prison riot. The riot lasted 36 hours, 33 inmates died, 200 were injured, 12 correctional officers were taken hostage and Resulted in 20 million dollars in physical damage.
Some say that the Blake’s were Swedenborgianism (Ward, Walter, 181). The second born out of six children, was Blake, his older brother’s name was James. In 1760 his brother John was born. In 1761 at the age of four he envisioned “Our Lord’s” Head in a window (Britannica). In 1762 his brother Richard was born, but passed away as a baby.