William Blake was born to a middle class London family in 1757. He died in 1827 at the age of seventy. He was considered a reformist romantic poet because his poetry did not follow the conventions of his time; he had his own unique style. It went against the popular themes and styles (Net Poets). Though he is well known for his writing, he started his career as an artist. He taught himself the craft of engraving plates for printing, and with that tool put into print most of his writings (Lit Network).
Much of Blake?s writing has a spiritual theme. Though Blake accepted the existence of God, he opposed organized religion. His beliefs did not coincide with traditional Christianity (Christian). In fact he opposed the beliefs of the church. Despite that, much of his poetry was based on the teachings of the Bible.
Blake?s works range from creative to social to political.
His poems are imaginative and use very descriptive imagery. Most of his biographies describe him as "mystical." The language he uses allows the reader to have a clear picture of what he is describing. He wrote on subjects other than his beliefs. Few of his few poems were intended for social change, which mocks the industrialization that was going on during his time. During the modernization, people were moving into urban areas thereby, increasing the rates of poverty. Poverty was an issue that greatly distressed Blake and it lead him to write poems attacking society (Academy). Blake also opposed the values of Britain?s Political system. Historical events such as, The American and French Revolution inspired him to write political poems (Academy). It is clear to say that Blake?s poetry consists of a wide spectrum of topics.
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