William Blake's Legacy

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William Blake is mostly famous for his romantic poems and significant artwork. His work was not really appreciated until the beginning of the twentieth century as his work seemed adventurous and somewhat ahead of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century because it was that different to other poets or artists around. Some of his romantic poems have bin said to have tooken a lifetime to establish as he was such a clever man and made the readers try really hard to think and read between the lines of what his poems were all about. William Blake was Born on 28th November 1757 in Soho in London (which he spent most of his life) and he seemed to have a lovely, happy upbringing.
There house was on the corner of Broad Street & Marshall
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However, in those days money seemed tight. That’s why he couldn’t afford to pay for a painters apprenticeship so he chose engraving instead and got an six or seven year apprenticeship with famous engraver named ‘James Basire’,this took place around about 1772.He was said to be working for him twelve hours a day, six days a week and was only able to spend time with his family on Sundays. Once he got some money collected to afford the painters course, after he completed his engraving course, he then joined the ‘Royal Academy Of Art’. Therefore, he engraved to earn a living, and wrote and drew for his own pleasure. He then decided to open his new shop in 1784 which was unsuccessful and he also completed ‘The island and the moon’ in the same year. Previously 2 years before this, he married Catherine Boucher. He wrote many other books etc such as, 'Songs of Innocence' , 'The Book of Thel' , 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell' and 'Songs of Experience'.
He mostly spoke about how his justice and society was and how bad times were, William witnessed the downfall of London during Britains war with republican France as he lived during the horrible revolutionary times. The older and wiser he became, the more disgusted with the society he was and he often wrote and expressed his feelings about it all
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