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 Blake, William. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Blake’s life, except for three years at Felpham where he prepared illustrations for an edition of Cowper, was spent in London.
Blake’s paintings and engravings, notably his illustrations of his own works, works by Milton, and of the Book of Job, are painstakingly realistic in their representation of human anatomy and other natural forms.
Blake exalted love and pure liberty, and abhorred the reductive, rationalist philosophy that served to justify the political and economic inequities attendant upon the Industrial Revolution.
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 The William Blake Art Archive
William Blake was a engraver, poet, and painter who was born November 28, 1757.
One somewhat peculiar thing of note regarding Blake: he painted based on his imagination, it is said that visons he had in earlier life of angels, historic and religious figures fueled this imagination.
In 1779 Blake entered as an engraving student at the Royal Academy and and associated with John Flaxman, as well as both Henri Fuseli and Thomas Stohard.
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 William Blake - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 21, 1827) was an English poet, painter and printmaker.
Blake rejected all forms of imposed authority, indeed was charged with assault and uttering seditious and treasonable expressions against the King in 1803 but was cleared in the Chichester assizes of the charges.
William Blake died in 1827 and was buried in an unmarked grave at Bunhill Fields, London.
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 Blake, William
Blake was attracted to the position but generously pointer out that such an apprenticeship would be costly, and such an expense would not be fair to his other brothers and sisters, since his father's income as a hosier was not a large one.
Blake's poetry progressed from his early simple poems to the profoundness of Jerusalem, especially during the period from 1804 to 1820.
Blake's overwhelmingly turbulent, sometimes magnificent poetry contained in the so-called Prophetic Books states his lifelong concern with the soul's struggle to free its natural energies from the "mind-forged manacles" of reason, law, and organized religion.
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 The Anarchist Encyclopedia from the Daily Bleed: A Gallery of Saints & Sinners; Labor, Radical, Arts, Authors, Poets, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Blake's illustrations to Dante and other writers, as well as his illustrations to the Bible, constitute commentaries on the texts as well as beautiful additions to the books.
Basire was regarded as old-fashioned, but Blake learned from him and always took great pride in the craft and its tools, depicting one in a prominent place in an engraving for his graphic masterpiece, the series of engravings for the Book of Job.
At the moment of death, Blake saw his brother's spirit ascend heavenward 'clapping its hands for joy.' Blake reflected this moment in many images, and attributed his innovations in printing to the inspiration of his dead brother.
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 William Blake
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.
Blake hated the effects of the Industrial Revolution in England and looked forward to the establishment of a New Jerusalem "in England's green and pleasant land." Between 1804 and 1818 he produced an edition of his own poem JERUSALEM with 100 engravings.
Blake never shook off the poverty, in large part due to his inability to compete in the highly competitive field of engraving and his expensive invention that enabled him to design illustrations and print words at the same time.
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 Learn more about William Blake in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Blake's marriage to Catherine remained a close and devoted one until his death.
Later in his life Blake sold a great number of works, particularly his Bible illustrations, to Thomas Butts, a patron who saw Blake more as a friend in need than an artist.
William Blake died in 1827 and was buried in an unmarked grave at Bunhill Fields, London, England.
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 Island of Freedom - 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.
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.
Blake produced and published his other works himself, except those which remained in manuscript at his death, by using his own unique method of engraving both illustration and text on copper plates and coloring the printed volumes by hand.
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 The Academy of American Poets - William Blake
William Blake was born in London on November 28, 1757, to James, a hosier, and Catherine Blake.
Blake believed that his poetry could be read and understood by common people, but he was determined not to sacrifice his vision in order to become popular.
Blake's final years, spent in great poverty, were cheered by the admiring friendship of a group of younger artists who called themselves "the Ancients." In 1818 he met John Linnell, a young artist who helped him financially and also helped to create new interest in his work.
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 WebMuseum: Blake, William
Blake was born on Nov. 28, 1757, in London.
William, the third of five children, went to school only long enough to learn to read and write, and then he worked in the shop until he was 14.
Blake was a poor businessman, and he preferred to work on subjects of his own choice rather than on those that publishers assigned him.
www.ibiblio.org /wm/paint/auth/blake   (449 words)

 William Blake - Blake, William
William's work was unusual for the time: he never attempted a sonnet, as near as we can tell, and he really wasn't very good at couplets, which all of his contemporaries considered the only good forms of poetry.
William attended the Royal Academy after finishing his apprenticeship and was soon able to support himself by his engraving.
William's behavior was awfully strange, and he never made the slightest attempt to hide it.
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Blake is one of the major Romantic poets, whose verse and artwork became part of the wider movement of Romanticism in late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth century European Culture.
Blake draws on a highly powerful, but essentially personal, mythological system of his own devising, but one that also draws on a variety of mythological, poetic and philosophical sources.
Blake is a revolutionary and visionary artist and poet, and his work represented a decisively new direction in the course of English Poetry and the Visual Arts.
www.newi.ac.uk /rdover/blake   (339 words)

 William Blake 1 Cross-View   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Blake, the son of a hosier, was born November 28, 1757, in London, where he lived most of his life.
As was to be Blake's custom, he illustrated the Songs with designs that demand an imaginative reading of the complicated dialogue between word and picture.
Much of Blake's painting was on religious subjects: illustrations for the work of John Milton, his favorite poet (although he rejected Milton's Puritanism), for John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and for the Bible, including 21 illustrations to the Book of Job.
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 Some William Blake on the Web
Britain's Tate Gallery presents a comprehensive exhibition of Blake as an artist, as a poet, and as a man. (This was at the Tate 9 November 2000 - 11 February 2001, then to the Metropolitan March 29 - June 24, 2001.
William Blake and Allen Ginsberg: Poets in a Fallen World, Prophets of the New World (a thesis on the prophetic tradition in the poetry of Blake and Ginsberg).
She insists on her inner purity and, in a long concluding lament to the "Daughters of Albion," on the varieties of energetic self-expression that cannot be delimited by materialist philosophies or legalistic codes.
www.betatesters.com /penn/blake.htm   (1342 words)

 William Blake - Biography and Works
William Blake (1757-1827) was a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books.
Blake has recorded that from his early years, he experienced visions of angels and ghostly monks and that he saw and conversed with the angel Gabriel, the Virgin Mary, and various historical figures.
Blake never shook off his economic poverty, which was in a large part due to his inability to compete in the highly competitive field of engraving and his expensive invention that enabled him to design illustrations and print words at the same time.
www.online-literature.com /blake   (1135 words)

 William Blake - Literature Archive
William Blake (November 28, 1757—August 12, 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker.
According to Northrop Frye, who undertook a study of Blake’s entire poetic opus, his prophetic poems form “what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the [English] language”.
Viewing Blake’s accomplishments in either poetry or in the visual arts separately is to do him a disservice; Blake himself saw these two disciplines as being companions in a unified spiritual endeavour, and they are inseparable in a proper appreciation of his work.
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 William Blake's poems
William Blake was born on 28 November 1757, and died on 12 August 1827.
Blake's images defy simple explanation: we cannot be certain what he wants us to think the tiger represents, but something of the majesty and power of God's creation in the natural world seems to be present.
Blake's poem seems to be mainly about God's love shown in his care for The Lamb and the child and about the apparent paradox, that God became both child and Lamb in coming, as Jesus, into the world.
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 William blake
But the poems we read are what Joseph Viscomi, professor of English and co-editor of the William Blake Archive, calls "translations." They're lifted from their original settings, removed from their illustrated format.
Blake's art was put aside, his poetry "translated" into type, and he became famous as a poet.
The Institute saw the Blake archive as an opportunity not only to preserve fragile manuscripts but also as a means to develop and test tools for use in future archives.
research.unc.edu /endeavors/aut97/blake.html   (971 words)

 William Blake, Poets and Poetry at Aspirennies.com
William Blake -- English poet, painter, engraver, and visionary mystic whose hand-illustrated series of lyrical and epic poems, beginning with Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794), form one of the most strikingly original and independent bodies of work in the Western cultural tradition.
Blake is now regarded as one of the earliest and greatest figures of Romanticism.
Yet he was ignored by the public of his day and was called mad because he was single-minded and unworldly; he lived on the edge of poverty and died in neglect.
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 LitKicks: William Blake
William Blake was one of those 19th century figures who could have and should have been beatniks, along with Rimbaud, Verlaine, Manet, Cezanne and Whitman.
Blake is now revered for his poetry as well as his artworks.
Allen Ginsberg's life was changed by an overpowering vision of Blake (it's kind of sweetly pretentious in a way, isn't it?) in a Lower East Side apartment.
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 Open Directory - Arts: Literature: Authors: B: Blake, William   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Blake, William and Poetry Forum Frigate - Forum and live chat devoted to the life and works of William Blake.
William Blake - Biography of the British poet and mystic and discussion of his works.
William Blake: A Helpfile - This extensive resource on Blake and his work includes a selection of online texts, a biography, and reproductions of some of Blake's artwork.
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 Poetry: William Blake   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Born in London to an obscure family, Blake was educated at home until he was ten, then enrolled in a drawing school, advancing ultimately to a formal apprenticeship as an engraver.
Blake devised a process he called illuminated printing, which involved the preparation of drawings and decorative frames to complement his poems.
Many of Blake's works assert his conviction that the established church and state hinder rather than nurture human freedom and the sense of divine love.
www.bedfordstmartins.com /litlinks/poetry/blake.htm   (332 words)

 Gale - Free Resources - Poet's Corner - Biographies - William Blake   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In 1782 Blake married Catherine Boucher, the illiterate daughter of a vegetable grower.
Blake taught her to read and write, and under his tutoring she also became an accomplished draftsman, helping him with the execution of his designs.
Blake's later years were distinguished by his completion of Jerusalem, his last and longest prophetic book, and by his work on a series of illustrations for the Book of Job, which is now widely regarded as his greatest artistic achievement.
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 Amazon.com: William Blake: Books: Robin Hamlyn,Michael Phillips,Peter Ackroyd,Marilyn Butler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
It accompanies "William Blake," the largest-ever exhibition of the artist's works, which originated at the Tate Britain and is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through May 27, 2001.
Editions of Blake's poetry which as an artist and printer he frequently engraved and published himself most often fail to reproduce his integral illustrations, or do so in poor enough quality as to negate the effort.
This Complete edition from the Blake Trust, published last year in a Thames and Hudson hardback edition that is now out of print, should replace the b&w-only Dover edition (but not David V. Erdman's commentary therein, or his reading text The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake) for any reader.
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 William Blake Page
William Blake was a transitional figure in British literature.
Blake, on the other hand, turned back to Elizabethan and early seventeenth-century poets, and other eighteenth- century poets outside the tradition of Pope.
Blake became an apprentice under James Basire, a well-known engraver, at the age of fourteen and remained his apprentice for seven years.
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