Search more than 3, biographies of contemporary and classic poets. Two of his six siblings died in infancy. From early childhood, Blake spoke of having visions—at four he saw God "put his head to the window"; around age nine, while walking through the countryside, he saw a tree filled with angels. Although his parents tried to discourage him from "lying," they did observe that he was different from his peers and did not force him to attend conventional school. He learned to read and write at home.
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William Blake , born Nov. These works he etched, printed, coloured, stitched, and sold, with the assistance of his devoted wife, Catherine. In the early 21st century, Blake was regarded as the earliest and most original of the Romantic poets, but in his lifetime he was generally neglected or unjustly dismissed as mad. William Blake is considered to be one of the greatest visionaries of the early Romantic era. He painted watercolours for his patrons illustrating works by Dante , William Shakespeare , and John Milton , although much of his art focused on biblical subjects. The Lamb and the Tyger function as complementary symbols of the protection and corruption of innocence, respectively. Thereafter, his work received positive critical attention, particularly in the first half of the 20th century and continuing to the present day. His father came from an obscure family in Rotherhithe, across the River Thames from London, and his mother was from equally obscure yeoman stock in the straggling little village of Walkeringham in Nottinghamshire.
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Blake is a surname or a given name which originated from Old English. Its derivation is uncertain; it could come from "blac", a nickname for someone who had dark hair or skin, or from "blaac", a nickname for someone with pale hair or skin. Blake was the name of one of the 14 Tribes of Galway in Ireland. These Blakes were descendants of Richard Caddell, alias Blake, who was involved in the Norman invasion of Ireland in The origins of the name Blake are also considered to be Old Norse , first appearing in Yorkshire , England , possibly derived from the word Blaker, referring to a village and a former municipality of Akershus county, Norway east of Oslo. The Blake surname is first recorded in the latter half of the 12th century, making it one of the earliest on record.
William Blake 28 November — 12 August was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. What he called his prophetic works were said by 20th-century critic Northrop Frye to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". Although Blake was considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, he is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. His paintings and poetry have been characterised as part of the Romantic movement and as "Pre-Romantic". The 19th-century scholar William Michael Rossetti characterised him as a "glorious luminary",  and "a man not forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors". He was the third of seven children,   two of whom died in infancy. Blake's father, James, was a hosier.