At a glance:
- Author: William Blake
- First Published: 1790
- Genres: Satire, Poetry, Mythological literature, Narrative poetry, Proverbs
- Subjects: Religion, God, Christianity, Good and evil, Hell, Bible, biblical imagery, or biblical symbolism, Jesus Christ, Enlightenment, Devils or demons, Senses or sensation, Heaven, Reason or reasoning, Angels, Evil, Mind and body, Soul, Gnosticism
William Blake was born in London to a working-class family. His father, a hosier, provided for his training in drawing and engraving, practical skills which he would use to support himself and his wife Catherine for the rest of his life. One of six children, Blake claimed to have received angelic visitations and other visionary experience even as a child. After his brother Robert’s death, William said that Robert often appeared to him, providing him with practical information such as an acid-wash engraving system that William used to produce his “illuminated,” or...
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