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William Blake
· William Blake was born on 28 November 1757
and died on 12 August 1827.
· At the age of fifteen, Blake was an engravers
apprentice, making plates from which pictures
for books were printed. By the time he was 22,
he was employed as an engraver to a bookseller
and publisher.
· Many of Blake's best known poems are found in
Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of
Experience (1794).…read more

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Blake wrote during the Romantic Period,
however he followed few conventions of the
movement. Those he follow did include:
- An interest in themes of exotic worlds,
- Enthusiasm for nature,
- poems and paintings that are imaginative and
heavily symbolic, indicating the spiritual reality
underlying our physical reality…read more

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Blake's work was neglected after his death and
became almost forgotten. However the publication
of the Life of William Blake brought attention to his
· Blake was seen as an inspiration to the Pre-
Raphaelites and associated figures, most notably
Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Algernon Charles
· However it was during the Modernist period that
this work began to influence a wider set of writers
and artists.…read more

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The Tyger
What the hammer? what the chain?
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In what furnace was thy brain?
In the forests of the night, What the anvil? what dread grasp
What immortal hand or eye Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
When the stars threw down their spears,
In what distant deeps or skies And watered heaven with their tears,
Burnt the fire of thine eyes? Did he smile his work to see?
On what wings dare he aspire? Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
What the hand dare seize the fire?
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
And what shoulder, & what art. In the forests of the night,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart? What immortal hand or eye
And when thy heart began to beat, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
What dread hand? & what dread feet?…read more

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