William Blake’s Birthday

On this day in 1757 an outstanding English poet, painter, and printmaker William Blake was born. His biography is a sadly common sample of a person, who had been unnoticed during his life, and memory of him had been vanishing gradually until  one of the descendants ‘discovered’ the artist. Blake’s posthumous glory was incredible – an not surprisingly: he was well ahead of his time,  especially in visual art, with his visionstic paintings and engravings.

To celebrate William Blake’s birthday let’s read one of his poems.

The Angel that presided ‘oer my birth

The Angel that presided ‘oer my birth
Said, “Little creature, form’d of Joy and Mirth,
“Go love without the help of any Thing on Earth.”

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