William Blake

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William Blake
Blake in a portrait
by Thomas Phillips (1807)
Born (1757-11-28)28 November 1757
Soho, London, England
Died 12 August 1827(1827-08-12) (aged 69)
Charing Cross, London, England[1]
Occupation Poet, painter, printmaker
Genres Visionary, poetry
Literary movement Romanticism
Notable work(s) Songs of Innocence and of Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Four Zoas, Jerusalem, Milton, "And did those feet in ancient time"


William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, visionary, painter, and printmaker. He was born in London and died there.

During his lifetime he was not very well known. Today Blake's work is thought to be important in the history of both poetry and the visual arts. Blake's first collection of poems, Poetical Sketches, was printed around 1783. His most famous poem "And did those feet in ancient time" was, over 100 years later, put to music by Hubert Parry. The hymn is called "Jerusalem".

Blake was voted 38th in a poll of the 100 Greatest Britons organized by the BBC in 2002.

Books about Blake[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Blake & London". The Blake Society. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2014.

Other websites[change | change source]



  • The William Blake Archive – A Comprehensive Academic Archive of Blake's works with scans from multiple collections
  • Single Institution Holdings:

Digital editions and research