William Blake, painter, poet and printmaker was born in London in 1757. A brilliant artist, he had visions from childhood and was considered mad by many of his contemporaries. Blake was an opponent of organised religion, indeed of many accepted conventions.
Blake’s poetry has been described as “what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language” (Frye, Northrop and Denham, Robert D. Collected Works of Northrop Frye. 2006, pp 11–12).
Blake died at home in London in 1827 with his beloved wife Catherine at his side.
A small selection of the huge body of Blake’s poetry can be read here.