Life of William Blake
In 1757, a great British poet would be born, His name was William Blake. Born in London England, he was the third son of his family born, but only second to survive. Blake was one of 5 children born of Catherine Wright Armitage Blake, and fathered by James Blake. During William’s childhood his parents noticed that he was very different from his peers, he claimed to see visions often, but his parents did not believe him; they told him it was not right to lie. When William was just 4 years old he saw his first vision, He saw God put his face up to his window, but yet again his parents would not believe him. Then at the age of 9 while William was walking with his parents ...view middle of the document...
But their venture did not last after it proved to be a failure after several years. From then on William made a meager living for the rest of his life. He did so by continuing as an engraver and illustrator for books and magazines.
In William Blake’s lifetime, he accomplished many incredible paintings and poems. In his lifetime he created a total of 76 paintings, and wrote 173 poems, also 3 illuminated books. His most famous poem was “The Tyger” written in 1794 as part of the Songs of Experience collection. His most famous painting was "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun" which was finished in 1805 after two years of painting, and he also painted an entire “The Great Red Dragon” collection. “The Tyger” even to this day is used an unbelievably amount in school and universities all over the country! Elementary schoolers read about it because it rhymes and it’s not too difficult for them to read, high-schoolers read it when their teachers want to give them a tougher assignment, and scholars debate about it because it ties together with much of Blake’s work.
Blake’s many works often displayed different worldviews. Blake was raised being taught to believe three different worldviews, the first of which was Platonism, the next two are, Christianity, and Hegelianism. Blake was influenced by the views of Plato for who the physical world is an imperfect reflections of a completely perfect spiritual world beyond ours. That world is believed to be a world of ideal forms and/or essences. From Plato’s point of view everything in this world is a mere reflection of something perfect in the next world.
One worldview Blake was especially influenced by was Christianity, the Bible had a powerful impact on Blake’s life. Blake was very moved by the views of classic Christian thinkers such as St. Thomas Aquinas. The classic thinking that this world and everything in it is the handiwork of God, and that if we are to know God, we must study his works which might then allow us to intuit the spiritual world beyond this, and the Creator himself. Blake believed that his world was less the imperfect physical reflection of a perfect spiritual world beyond ours, which was Plato’s view, then the multifarious manifestation of a spirit. Like for instance a lamp, everything in this world manifests the presence of God. However, most of creation has seemed to forget about that. Although Blake was brought up believing these different world views, he also invents his own which is meant to save mankind from the downward spiral they have become a part of.
In Blake’s Poem “The Tyger” his Christian beliefs should be easily visible, as it says..
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,