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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 be five children to a London hosier named James (Contemporary). Due to the relatively lower middle class status of his father’s profession, Blake was raised in a state of poverty, which he would experience throughout the course of his life. During his youth, Blake only received enough schooling from his mother so that he knew to read and write while working in his fathers shop. Although, he only obtained minimal traditional education, Blake was inspired and profoundly influenced in Greek and Latin literature, as well as the Bible and Milton (Blake: Life), which is manifested throughout his work (Blake, William (2006)). Later, at the age of ten, Blake attended a drawing school for a short period of time that was ran by Henry Par. He only attended for a short time because his family could not pay for further instruction (Conptemporary). It was here, at the age of ten, that Blake replicated plaster casts of ancient sculptures (The Gothic Life of William Blake: 1757-1827). Blake continued to work until his aptitude for drawing became so evident that he became an apprentice to an engraver named James Basire at the age of fourteen. During this apprenticeship, he was sent by Basire to Westminster Abbey to draw monuments that Basire has been hired to engrave (Contemporary). Blake’s apprenticeship ended...

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