William Blake

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William Blake

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WILLIAM BLAKE 1757-1827 Poet, visionary and engraver He cut words or designs on metal or stone

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Main events in his life (1757 – 1827) American War of Independence French Revolution Struggle of man against tyranny

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Visionary Deeply religious but far from orthodox Christianity

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1789 Songs of Innocence 1794 Songs of Experience Two contrary states of the human soul

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Innocence Experience World of childhood Freedom Forgiveness Sympathy for the weak and the poor World of adulthood Tyranny Punishment Selfishness Without contraries there’s no progression

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Innocence Imagination: Means to understand the injustices of the world Experience Reason: Agent of government and church to suppress Imagination Human struggle between the rules of law and reason and the powers of love and Imagination

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And I know that this world is a world of Imagination & Vision. I see Every thing I paint in This World, but Every body does not see alike. To the Eyes of a Miser a Guinea is more beautiful than the Sun, & a bag worn with the use of Money has more beautiful proportions than a Vine filled with Grapes. The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the Eyes of others only a Green thing that stands in the way. Some See Nature all Ridicule & Deformity, & by these I shall not regulate my proportions; & Some Scarce see Nature at all. But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination Nature is Imagination itself.

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William Blake's Mythology Albion is the primeval man whose fall and division results in the Four Zoas: Tharmas: representing instinct and strength Urizen: tradition; a cruel, Old Testament-style god. Luvah: love, passion and emotive faculties; a Christ-like figure, also known as Orc in his most amorous and rebellious form. Urthona, also known as Los: inspiration and the imagination

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If you want to learn some amazing facts about William Blake click on http://www.tate.org.uk/learning/worksinfocus/blake/tools/index.html

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HOMEWORK Read your book and find out: The two main literary influences on Blake’s works What, according to him, the Church was responsible of Who has the power of Imagination d. What a poet is for him e. His position towards the French and the Industrial revolution f. His main symbols

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