Comparison Between William Blake And Seamus Heaney

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Comparison between William Blake and Seamus Heaney

In this essay I will compare two internationally recognised poets,
William Blake and Seamus Heaney. I will discuss their similarities and
differences not in only just their writing, but also their everyday
lives.

William Blake was born in 1757 in London, where he lived practically
all his life apart from three years at the beginning of the 19th
century, where he lived in Felpham, near Bognor Regis in Sussex. He
had no early education, but became student, studying art, at the Royal
academy school in the early 1770s. He was, after this, apprenticed by
a famous engraver, James Basire. Blake achieved some success with his
engravings, but his true talent was held within his poetry, for which
he is more famously known for today, along with his artistic work,
particularly his large visionary water-colours illustrating the book
of Job, and his 102 illustrations of Dante and his colour-printed
drawings of biblical subjects. William grew up and lived in a
religious background, which was heavily opposed to anything
religiously forced, such as church, for example if one did not go to
church they were not deemed to be religious at all, but Blake thought
that religion was a path to freedom and peace. There is plenty of
evidence showing that Blake thought this, although we shall read into
more detail later on.

Seamus Heaney is still alive today. Born on the 13th of April 1939,
Seamus was the eldest of nine children, one of whom died in a road
accident. Seamus lived all of his young life on a farm, although he
did not wish to be a farmer himself. He went to primary school in
Anahorish. Here on he won scholarship to St Colomb's College in
Londonderry. From here he went to Queen's University in Belfast, and
was awarded with was a first class honours degree in English language
and literature. Seamus was heavily influenced by Philip Hobsbaum, who
gathered a group of young people to talk about literature. Here Seamus
met his wife, Marie Devlin, who he has had three children with,
Michael, Christoper, and Catherine Ann. Death of a Naturalist,
Heaney's first collection of poems, was published in 1966. It was
regarded as a brilliant piece of work. His second collection, Door in
the Dark, was published in 1969, followed by Wintering Out, published
in 1972. In 1982, Heaney became Professor of Poetry at Oxford
University, and remained there until 1994. Station Island(1984), The
Haw Lantern(1987) and The Spirit Level(1996) are other collections of
poetry that Seamus Heaney has released. He has also won the Nobel
Prize for literature.

I will be comparing a number of poems that Blake and Heaney have
written. These are Infant Sorrow, London, Mid-term Break, and
Blackberry Picking. Many of the poems I have analysed are sad. This
may have been because, for Blake, of his very religious background,
which may have made him depressed and led him to write sad poems to
reflect his...

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