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William Blake

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William Blake

English poet, painter, and printmaker add

Category: Literature

Born in 1757.

Countries: United States (47%), United Kingdom (35%), Ireland (6%)

Main connections: Joshua Reynolds, Harlem, Ezra Pound

Linked to: British Academy, Cornell University Press, Royal Academy of Arts, Westminster School




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William Blake was born in 1757 add something


On 4 August 1772, Blake became apprenticed to engraver James Basire of Great Queen Street, for the term of seven years add something


On 8 October 1779, Blake became a student at the Royal Academy in Old Somerset House, near the Strand add something


Certainly Blake was not averse to exhibiting at the Royal Academy, submitting works on six occasions between 1780 and 1808 add something


Blake's first biographer, Alexander Gilchrist, records that in June 1780 Blake was walking towards Basire's shop in Great Queen Street when he was swept up by a rampaging mob that stormed Newgate Prison in London add something


Blake met Catherine Boucher in 1782 add something


Blake's first collection of poems, "Poetical Sketches", was printed around 1783 add something


In 1784 Blake composed his unfinished manuscript "An Island in the Moon" add something


In 1788, at the age of 31, Blake began to experiment with relief etching, a method he would use to produce most of his books, paintings, pamphlets and poems add something


In 1793's "Visions of the Daughters of Albion", Blake condemned the cruel absurdity of enforced chastity and marriage without love and defended the right of women to complete self-fulfillment add something


In 1800, Blake moved to a cottage at Felpham in Sussex to take up a job illustrating the works of William Hayley, a minor poet add something


Blake's trouble with authority came to a head in August 1803, when he was involved in a physical altercation with a soldier called John Schofield add something


Chariots of Fire - The words, written by William Blake in 1804-8, were set to music by Parry in 1916 as a celebration of England


Joshua Reynolds - Critics include many Pre-Raphaelites, and William Blake who published the vitriolic "Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds' Discourses" in 1808


In 1818 he was introduced by George Cumberland's son to a young artist named John Linnell add something


In particular, Blake is sometimes considered a forerunner of the subsequent 19th-century "free love" movement, a broad reform tradition starting in the 1820s that held that marriage is slavery, and advocated for removal of all state restrictions on sexual activity such as homosexuality, prostitution, and adultery, culminating in the birth control movement of the early 20th century add something


Francis Danby - Cumberland was a close friend of William Blake, and it has been suggested that Blake's work may have had some influence on Danby, for example in Danby's second exhibited painting, "Disappointed Love", shown at the Royal Academy in 1821


The commission for &Dante's "Divine Comedy" came to Blake in 1826 through Linnell, with the ultimate aim of producing a series of engravings add something


Blake's death in 1827 would cut short the enterprise, and only a handful of the watercolours were completed, with only seven of the engravings arriving at proof form add something

William Blake died in 1827 add something


On the day of her own death, in October 1831, she was as calm and cheerful as her husband, and called out to him "as if he were only in the next room, to say she was coming to him, and it would not be long now" add something


Thomas Wright's 1928 book "Life of William Blake" notes that Blake thinks marriage should "in practice" afford the joy of love, but notes that in reality it often does not, as a couple's knowledge of being chained often diminishes their joy add something


C. S. Lewis - The title is a reference to William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, a concept that Lewis found a "disastrous error" (Lewis 1946, p.


Allen Ginsberg - In 1948 in an apartment in Harlem, Ginsberg had an auditory hallucination while reading the poetry of William Blake


The Blake Prize for Religious Art was established in his honour in Australia in 1949 add something


In 1957 a memorial was erected in Westminster Abbey, in memory of him and his wife add something


Since 1965, the exact location of William Blake's grave had been lost and forgotten, while gravestones were taken away to create a new lawn add something


Ted Hughes - In a 1971 interview with "London Magazine", Hughes cited his main influences as including Blake, Donne, Hopkins and Eliot


The original wedding certificate may still be viewed at the church, where a commemorative stained-glass window was installed between 1976 and 1982 add something


Michael Davis's 1977 book "William Blake a New Kind of Man" suggests that Blake thought jealousy separates man from the divine unity, condemning him to a frozen death add something


Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1985 add something


Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1992 add something


Scott Treleaven - Concurrent with the documentary Queercore: A Punk-u-mentary, Treleaven created an illustrated zine project called This Is The Salivation Army (1996–1999): a mix of punk, goth, occult, and industrial music aesthetics, alongside homages to iconoclasts like William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, William Blake, and Derek Jarman.


"Jung, William Blake and our answer to Job" 2001 add something


In 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons add something


Gary Snyder - In 2004, receiving the Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Grand Prize, Snyder highlighted traditional ballads and folk songs, Native American songs and poems, William Blake, Walt Whitman, Jeffers, Ezra Pound, Noh drama, Zen aphorisms, Federico García Lorca, and Robert Duncan as significant influences on his poetry, but added, "the influence from haiku and from the Chinese is, I think, the deepest


Patti Smith - In August 2005, Smith gave a literary lecture about the poems of Arthur Rimbaud and William Blake


Reprint: House of Stratus, Cornwall, 2008 add something


Most critical work has concentrated on Blake's relief etching as a technique because it is the most innovative aspect of his art, but a 2009 study drew attention to Blake's surviving plates, including those for the Book of Job: they demonstrate that he made frequent use of a technique known as "repoussage", a means of obliterating mistakes by hammering them out by hitting the back of the plate add something


The memorial stone, indicating that the burial sites are "nearby", was listed as a Grade II listed structure in 2011 add something


A Portuguese couple, Carol & Luis Garrido rediscovered the exact burial location after 14 years of investigatory work, and the Blake Society organised a permanent memorial slab, which was unveiled at a public ceremony at the site on 12 August 2018 add something


The memorial stone is situated approximately away from the actual grave, which was not marked until 12 August 2018 add something