William Blake

1757-1827
Poet, painter, and printmaker

     William Blake was born in a poor family he was one of the 7 siblings that he had, two that died in their childhood. He was raised with the influence of the bible and baptized in a Moravian church. He went to school till he was ten, and learned to read and write. Then his mother taught him at home. Instead of going to school he went to drawing classes because of his strong temper. He got married to Catherine and had a child who died.

William Blake moved to Felpham Suxsex, he wrote many poems on that even became the national anthem of Jerusalem. His paintings were better known back then more than his writing. Now he is consider a great poet and painter.

Sample Poem

To Winter

BY William Blake (from Poetical Sketches, 1783)
O winter! bar thine adamantine doors:
The north is thine; there hast thou built thy dark
Deep-founded habitation. Shake not thy roofs
Nor bend thy pillars with thine iron car.

He hears me not, but o’er the yawning deep
Rides heavy; his storms are unchain’d, sheathed
In ribbed steel; I dare not lift mine eyes;
For he hath rear’d his sceptre o’er the world.

Lo! now the direful monster, whose skin clings
To his strong bones, strides o’er the groaning rocks:
He withers all in silence, and in his hand
Unclothes the earth, and freezes up frail life.

He takes his seat upon the cliffs, the mariner
Cries in vain. Poor little wretch! that deal’st
With storms, till heaven smiles, and the monster
Is driven yelling to his caves beneath Mount Hecla.

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