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BIOGRAPHY – WILLIAM BLAKE Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Posted by edincityoflit in Poets.

William Blake was born in London in 1757 and spent virtually his entire life within the city.  Considered mad by his contemporaries for his highly unorthodox views, Blake has since come to be recognized as a seminal figure in poetry and art.

Blake’s first book of poetry, Poetical Sketches, was published in 1783.  Blake is perhaps best known for the visionary poetry of Songs of Innocence and Experience which came out in 1794.  Blake illustrated his own work with a highly distinctive style.  He died in London in 1827.


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