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William Blake (1) [1757–1827]

This page covers the author of Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

For other authors named William Blake, see the disambiguation page.

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William Blake's poems, prophecies, and engravings represent his strong vision and voice for rebellion against orthodoxy and all forms of repression. Born in London in November 1757; his father, a hosier of limited means, could do little for the boy's education. However, when the young Blake's talent for design became apparent, his wise father sent him to drawing school at the age of 10. In 1771 Blake was apprenticed to an engraver. Blake went on to develop his own technique, a method he claimed that came to him in a vision of his deceased younger brother. In this, as in so many other areas of his life, Blake was an iconoclast; his blend of printing and engraving gave his works a unique and striking illumination. Blake joined with other young men in support of the Revolutions in France and America. He also lived his own revolt against established rules of conduct, even in his own home. One of his first acts after marrying his lifetime companion, Catherine Boucher, was to teach her to read and write, rare for a woman at that time. Blake's writings were increasingly styled after the Hebrew prophets. His engravings and poetry give form and substance to the conflicts and passions of the elemental human heart, made real as actual characters in his later work. Although he was ignored by the British literary community through most of his life, interest and study of his work has never waned. Blake's creativity and original thinking mark him as one of the earliest Romantic poets, best known for his Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) and The Tiger. Blake died in London in 1827. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Songs of Innocence and of Experience… (more)
Songs of Innocence and of Experience 3,914 copies, 37 reviews
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 1,340 copies, 16 reviews
The Portable Blake 649 copies, 4 reviews
Songs of Innocence 595 copies, 8 reviews
Songs of Experience 367 copies, 5 reviews
The Book of Urizen 274 copies, 1 review
Poems and Prophecies 237 copies, 2 reviews
Milton 168 copies, 3 reviews
The Works of William Blake 166 copies, 2 reviews
The Tyger 95 copies, 4 reviews
Drawings of William Blake 80 copies, 1 review
Visioni 52 copies, 1 review
America, a prophecy 27 copies, 1 review
William Blake 21 copies
The Divine Comedy (Abridged) (Illustrator) 16 copies
The Four Zoas 13 copies
Blake 10 copies, 1 review
Notebook 6 copies
32 poesie 5 copies
Tyger (Lyrics) 5 copies
The Sick Rose 4 copies, 1 review
Tiriel 4 copies
Chansons et mythes 4 copies, 1 review
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London {poem} 3 copies, 1 review
The Lamb 3 copies, 1 review
The Little Black Boy 3 copies, 1 review
Blake Poetry 2 copies
POEMES 2 copies
Poetry 2 copies
Eternity 1 copy
Engelen 1 copy
Spring 1 copy, 1 review
52 poesie 1 copy
Mrs. Q 1 copy
Opere 1 copy
Hasta Gül 1 copy
The Poetry Of Trees 1 copy, 1 review
night 1 copy, 1 review
Oeuvres I 1 copy
Paradise Lost [Norton Critical Edition] (Contributor, some editions) 2,141 copies, 13 reviews
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (Contributor) 1,214 copies, 9 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 897 copies, 7 reviews
Eric Carle's Dragons, Dragons (Contributor) 684 copies, 19 reviews
World Religions: From Ancient History to the Present (Cover artist, some editions) 671 copies, 4 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (Contributor) 611 copies, 7 reviews
English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology (Contributor) 554 copies, 2 reviews
A Treasury of the World's Best Loved Poems (Contributor) 509 copies, 4 reviews
Critical Theory Since Plato (Contributor, some editions) 391 copies, 1 review
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 381 copies, 3 reviews
The Spy's Bedside Book (Contributor) 338 copies, 1 review
In the Nursery (My Book House) (Contributor) 274 copies
Discourses on Art (Contributor, some editions) 209 copies, 1 review
Night Thoughts: Or, the Complaint and the Consolation (Illustrator, some editions) 194 copies, 5 reviews
The Erstwhile (Cover artist, some editions) 184 copies, 1 review
Randall Jarrell's Book of Stories (Contributor) 141 copies, 1 review
William Blake (Illustrator) 118 copies, 1 review
Poems of Early Childhood (Childcraft) (Contributor) 110 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book of Travel (Contributor) 110 copies, 1 review
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (Contributor) 108 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book of Friendship (Contributor) 92 copies
Storytelling and Other Poems (Childcraft) (Contributor) 88 copies, 2 reviews
Beastly Verse (Contributor) 82 copies, 7 reviews
A Golden Land (Contributor) 41 copies
Spring: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (Contributor) 32 copies, 1 review
Dark of the Moon: Poems of Fantasy and the Macabre (Contributor) 25 copies, 1 review
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity (Illustrator, some editions) 25 copies
Original Stories From Real Life; with Conversations, Calculated To… (Illustrator, some editions) 20 copies, 1 review
AQA Anthology (Author, some editions) 19 copies
Classic Hymns & Carols (Contributor) 14 copies
The Lamb [score] (Text) 7 copies, 1 review
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (Contributor) 7 copies
Poetry anthology (Contributor, some editions) 6 copies
La poesía inglesa románticos y victorianos (Contributor) 4 copies, 1 review
The chemical wedding (Illustrator) 4 copies
English Romantic Poetry (Contributor) 2 copies
Das Leben nach dem Tod in den Weltreligionen (Cover artist, some editions) 1 copy
The 3-D Zone #11, April 1988 (Contributor) 1 copy

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