4umi William Blake

William Blake

* London, 28 November 1757 - † London, 12 August 1827
British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, illustrated and printed his own books.
William Blake

Many of Blake's best poems are found in two collections, Songs of Innocence from 1789, to which was added in 1794 the Songs of Experience, unlike the earlier work, never published on its own. Broadly speaking the collections look at human nature and society from optimistic and pessimistic viewpoints, respectively—and Blake thinks that you need both sides to see the whole truth. In 1790 he had explored the same theme more rudimentarily in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

In The Book of Urizen he goes one step further towards building his own mythology by presenting the Eternal Urizen as an alternative creative god.

Chronology

Also see a collection of his paintings in the gallery archive.

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 William Blake The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Songs of Innocence Songs of Experience The Book of Urizen