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How you ever seen visions as a child? William Blake was an extraordinary Romanic poet from the 1700 who saw visions of angels at an early age. Throughout William’s Blake’s life, he saw various visions of angels and developed a poetic style based on religion with images. Blake had no formal schooling but had a fascination with art. Blake’s life was filled with happiness and unforgettable experiences. Some of William Blake’s outstanding works consists of “Poetical Sketches”, The Lamb and the Tiger, and Songs of Innocence. Even after William Blake’s death, he left a legacy for others to follow.
As William Blake journeyed through his childhood, he experienced many things. William Blake ...view middle of the document...

” William Blake’s visions as a child lead to poetic style of religion, poetry, and illustrations with imaginations. (Corbett 3)
William Blake’s middle life continued in a positive path. His early teen life consisted of the association with books and pictorial arts while working as an apprentice with James
Basire. (Frye, XIII) After his apprenticeship, William Blake married Catherine Boucher, an illiterate woman on August 18, 1782. He taught her how to read and write. With his guidance, Blake’s wife became a craftsman to assist Blake with his artistic plates design. (Frye XIIII)
In 1800, Blake moved to the seacoast town of Felltham, where he worked and lived as an apprentice. Blake worked as an apprentice under William Harley. “One of Blake assignments as an apprentice was to sketch the tombs at Westminster Abbey exposing him to a variety of Gothic styles which he would draw inspiration throughout his career.” (“William Blake” 1-2) Blake’s career continued with a new form of art by making plates having free interpretation of text and designs that included a picture, all text, and decorative margins. (Frye 16)
William Blake’s reputation as an artist was mixed. He faced financial problems and was encouraged by Dr. Trusser and Hayley. “Blake believed his poetry could be read and understood by the general public, but he was determined not to sacrifice his vision in order to become popular.” (Corbett 5) Blake’s career had a three year halt from 1800- 1803 where he went to work for William Haley. William Blake career halt was based on two crucial experiences which were intellectual and artistic as well as physical and social. (Frye XV) During this period, there
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were certain standards that were expected in artwork, but Blake refused to change his style. Also, Blake had a trial for treason because of a quarrel with a soldier that was trespassing in his garden. Many people viewed his work as hideous. Williams Blake’s poetry was not well known by the public, and he became very poor. (“William Blake” 2)
William Blake’s work is grouped with England‘s Romantic poets, and he has produced numerous of poems and stories. “The Romantics were...

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