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William Blake - Visions of Heaven and Hell

            William Blake, the artist and poet, was born in Soho, London the 28th of November in 1757. His dad owned a hosiery shop and he was home schooled by his mother. At a young age he began seeing visions. Blake claimed he saw God and his angels watching over him while he played and did his daily chores. His parents didn't believe him and punished him for lying. When he was 9 or 10, he began drawing his encounters with God and the angels. He also expressed interest in becoming an artist, and his dad enrolled him in Henry Par's drawing school. He started writing at the age of 12 and studied studied mythology and British history. When he was 14 he became an apprentice for James Basire, an engraver to the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society. He served an apprentice for seven years, then became a journeyman copy engraver. William Blake was a great writer, artist and visionary.
             William Blake is one of the most renowned poets in the history of English literature. Blake is one of the the most important and influential writers in the English language today. He is also generally considered to be one of the key people who was responsible for the birth of the Romantic Movement in poetry. Although he always had a love for writing when he was young he didn't pick up writing until he was twenty-six years old. He began to read and study the works of Scandinavian poet Swedenborg, a philosophical rebel who refused and refuted the semi-materialistic philosophy that had grown popular in the late eighteenth century. He published his first book of poems called Political Sketches in 1782. During the time period of 1790-1800 Blake completed iconic works likeSongs of Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, America: A Prophecy, Europe: A Prophecy, Visions of the Daughters of Albion, The Song of Los, and The Book of Urizen, all of which clearly demonstrated Blake's support of the Revolution. .
             In 1788, Blake experimented with relief etching, a method he used to produce most of his books, paintings and poems.

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