William Blake – Poetry
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William Blake was a poet, artist, engraver and visionary mystic. He wrote many volumes of poetry that he illustrated with hand engraving. During his lifetime he was often misuderstood. His poetry is now widely regarded as amongst the worlds greatest literature. HIs greatest works include “Songs of Innocence” and Songs of Experience” William Blake was born in London and spent most of his life in London. He died in 1827.
Wordsworth’ verdict after Blake’s death reflected many opinions of the time: “There was no doubt that this poor man was mad, but there is something in the madness of this man which interests me more than the sanity of Lord Byron and Walter Scott.”
William Blake wrote many immortal utterances including these memorable lines from Auguries of Innocence.
“To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.”
William Blake Links
- Selected Poems of Blake
- Songs of Experience and other poems at Poetseers
- William Blake Poetry
- Books on William Blake
- William Blake Poetryat Amazon.com
(Picture – The Good and Evil Angels by Blake 1793-1794)