William Blake - Life of a Lunatic

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“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour” (“Blake, William”), these timeless words are and excerpt from William Blake’s, Auguries of Innocence, and it is work such as this that allows his work to thrive today. It is unfeasible to justly know from where a poet such as Blake is speaking unless you know something of his life. William Blake is deemed one of the earlier poets of the Romantic Era, whose poetry bears witness not only to the mayhem of his day and age but also his general perspective on the issues of the time, which are still pertinent in today’s society. Most people are unaware that Blake was not only a poet but also an artist and engraver. In order to appreciate Blake’s poetry as well as his art you must first begin with his life and what spiritually provoked him.

Blake was an English poet, who seemed to be seeking something, which only nature itself could bestow answers. Although, William Blake did not become known for his luminous work until after his death, it is what became of his life before his passing that gives his work fulfillment. He accomplished many things throughout the course of his life, however it is left up to the reader to determine not only if his life and background have influenced his poetry and art, but also why many critics assume that he was insane or crazy. One must learn what motivated Blake from his early childhood up until his death, compelling him to produce his masterpieces, oblivious that anything would come of them.

William Blake was born on November 28, 1757 as the third of what would...