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William Blake   (1757 - 1827)
Category:  English Literature
Born:  November 28, 1757
London, England
Died:  August 12, 1827
London, England
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Charles Dickens, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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William Blake - LIFE STORIES
8/12/1827     William Blake: "Always in Paradise"    read it now!
On this day in 1827 William Blake died at the age of sixty-nine. Blake's last years passed more or less as his others: in such poverty and obscurity that his burial in Bunhill Fields was largely unnoticed and on borrowed money -- nineteen shillings for an unmarked grave, the body nine feet down, stacked on top of three others, and eventually followed by four more.
8/29/1833     Blake, Dickens, Trollope & The Factory Act
On this day in 1833, the Mills and Factory Act was passed in England, one of a series of measures to improve the "Health and Morals" of child laborers. The Act allowed a forty-eight-hour work week for children aged nine to twelve, but it brought many changes which the younger Dickens and William Blake's even younger "Chimney Sweeper" would have welcomed.
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Blake's Water-Colours for the Poems of Thomas Gray
by William Blake, Thomas Gray
anthology, poetry, illustrations
The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake
by William Blake, David V. Erdman (Editor), Harold Bloom, William Golding (Editor)
anthology, poetry
The Illuminated Blake: William Blake's Complete Illuminated Works With a Plate-By-Plate Commentary
by David V. Erdman (Editor), William Blake
anthology, poetry, illustrations
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Blake: Prophet Against Empire
by David V. Erdman
biography, literary history
The Life of William Blake
by Alexander Gilchrist
The Stranger from Paradise: A Biography of William Blake
by G.E. Bentley Jr.
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Academy of American Poetry - William Blake
Blake biography, poetry, and links. Selected poems include "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Lamb," "London," "A Poison Tree," and "The Tyger."

"Blake was a nonconformist who associated with some of the leading radical thinkers of his day, such as Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft. In defiance of 18th-century neoclassical conventions, he privileged imagination over reason in the creation of both his poetry and images, asserting that ideal forms should be constructed not from observations of nature but from inner visions."
Blake Digital Text Project
"The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake"
John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
A scholarly essay briefly considers Blake's views and contributions to literary critcism.

"Blake's scattered critical formulations reflect largely his training in the visual arts; they are difficult to reconcile with each other and, especially, with his literary practice and its many strategies for dissemination (unusual punctuation, puns, variant 'copies' of a given title). His recurrent emphasis on 'line' may be contrasted with the then dominant 'finished' style of engraving, whose pretension to mime in monochrome tone, color, and shadow required decomposing the image into a tedious system of tiny cross-hatchings or dots and lozenges; the polished style of Augustan poetry, with its code of diction and allusion, made for Blake a kind of literary analog."
William Blake - Literary Analysis
Offers concise literary criticism and analysis of selected poems by Blake, including "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Clod and the Pebble," "The Book of Thel," "The Lamb," "The Tyger," "The Songs of Innocence," "The Songs of Experience," and "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell."

"In such works of his as 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger' as well as 'The Clod and the Pebble,' Blake shows an intrinsic approach to analyzing that the truth is not always in what we see or understand, but somewhere else entirely. ... Using the philosophies of such thinkers as John Locke, and basing many of his writings on fellow great writer John Milton, Blake interweaves philosophy, poetry, psychology, literature, politics, and religion in multi-faceted ways."
William Blake Archive
Large online collection of high-quality electronic reproductions of Blake's prints, paintings, and poems. "These reproductions have been prepared according to the highest technical and scholarly standards, with the cooperation of a number of the major museum, library, and private collections."
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