ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Blake

(1757-1827)


William Blake was born in London; he studied at Pars' Drawing School (1767) and was apprenticed to James Basire (1772-79) for whom he did antiquarian illustrations. Blake briefly studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (1778) before pursuing a successful career as a commercial illustrator and engraver. He was less successful as a painter, though he did exhibit at the Royal Academy. His unorthodox religious beliefs and unique method of producing his books limited his readership during his lifetime.


TEXT RECORDS:

1783An Imitation of Spencer.
1783To Morning.
1783To the Evening Star.
1783[Poems on the Seasons.]

PUBLICATIONS:

Poetical sketches. 1783
The book of Thel. 1789.
Songs of innocence. 1789.
The French revolution, a poem, in seven books: book the first. 1791.
For children: the gates of paradise. 1793.
The marriage of Heaven and Hell. ca. 1793.
Visions of the daughters of Albion. 1793.
America: a prophesy. 1793.
The first book of Urizen. 1794.
Songs of innocence and experience. 1794.
Europe: a prophecy. 1794.
The book of Ahania. 1795.
The book of Los. 1795.
Jerusalem: the emanation of the giant Albion. 1804.
Milton: a poem in 2 books. 1804.
Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes. 3 vols, 1925.
Letters, ed. Geoffrey Keynes. 1956.
Poetry and prose, ed. David Eerdman. 1965.
The illuminated Blake, ed. David Eerdman. 1974.
The complete graphic works, ed. David Bindman. 1977.
Writings, ed. G. E. Bentley, Jr. 2 vols, 1978.