Sir William Blake was known for his lucid writings and childlike imagination when it came down to his writings. Some will say that his writings were like day and night; for example, "The Lamb" and "The Tiger" or "The Little Boy Lost" and "The Little Boy Found." Born in the 18th century, Blake witnessed the cruel acts of the French and American Revolutions so his writings also, "revealed and exposed the harsh realities of life (Biography William Blake)". Although he never gained fame during his lifetime, Blake's work is thought of as to be genius and well respected today. "The lack of public recognition sent him into a severe depression which lasted from 1810-1817, and even his close friends thought him insane (William Blake,)". Blake once stated, "Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you (http://brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/w/william_blake.html )."
Blake was educated at home by his mother, whom he was very fond of. his poem "Cradle Song" was about his memories of his upbringing.
Sweet dreams, form a shade
O"er my lovely infant"s head;
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams
By happy, silent, moony beams.
Sweet sleep, with soft down
Weave thy brows an infant crown.
Sweep sleep, Angel mild,
Hover o"er my happy child.
This poem was in his collection entitled, Songs of Innocence. ""today his most popular volume, he revealed glimpses of life as it appears to innocent childhood, full of charm and joy, and trust"(William Blake Dark 77 or 79 blu)." This is what Blake adapted as his style; his poems were simple, direct, and clear enough for a child to understand. One of Blake's other more popular poems is, "The Lamb." This poem like many others is written in his idiosyncratic view of Christianity, that he was taught as a child." In the line, "Little Lamb, who made thee? (The Lamb)", the lamb signifies Jesus, being gentle and at peace.
As a child Blake suffered from having visions and hallucinations. Such as, ""seeing God, and angels in a tree. He would later claim that he had regular conversations with his deceased brother Robert (William Blake online lit.com)." His strong imagination was his motivator throughout his life with his writings and drawings. This led most readers and friends to believe he was too eccentric or even insane. Blake's" parents always supportive in getting him express himself creatively, so they encouraged him to begin his education as an artist. His trade/occupation was as an engraver. His engravings only made enough money to survive, yet he still relied on close friends for support. "Blake engraved the words and pictures on copper plates (a method he claimed he received in a dream)"a series of copperplate engravingsBlake did to illustrate the Book of Job for a new edition of the Old Testament (William Blake, Britain Express)." He also took time to observe haymakers, and thought he saw angelic figures walking with them. Blake's poem "Jerusalem" relates to the New Testament, revelations,...