William Blake 1757-1827. Some information…. He lived in London for his whole life, except for a gap of three years Poet, painter and printmaker Unrecognised during his lifetime (many considered him ‘mad’!)
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Blake is also famous for his artwork
He made many relief etchings and prints. These complimented his poetry
What do you think of when you look at some of his etchings???
What was happening when Blake was writing?
Types of revolution?
How were they positive/negative?
Links to America and France?
List your ideas
It was a time of REVOLUTION! Blake was sympathetic towards the French Revolutionaries. He was influenced by both the French and American Revolutions. He believed that the system was corrupt
Blake critiques the hierarchical nature of early 1800’s English society – believing the Monarchy (royals) and the Aristocracy were exploiting those beneath them.
He looked towards the American system with a sense of hope – even though he detested their racism
Blake had a strong voice in criticising the government – more so than we see in modern times; however, remember his work was often overlooked as his contemporaries considered him slightly mad!
The INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION had a huge impact on society. Blake believed the rise of capitalism caused more suffering
How do your thoughts link to Blake’s?
List 5 ideas
Blake demonstrated the economic hardship many suffered through the contrast of innocence and experience
How are they perceived in different societies?
Animals, Children and Nature were used to symbolise innocence, sadness and fear
one from the perspective of innocence, and a correlating poem (same topic) from the perspective of experience
This series made up the collection titled ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’
Blake wrote a number of books (collections) of poems. You will be studying poems from his different books…
From Poetical Sketches (1783)
Song (How sweet I roam’d from field to field)
Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793)
From Songs of Innocence (1789)
The Little Black Boy
The Chimney Sweeper
From Songs of Experience (1793)
The Sick Rose
From the Pickering Manuscript (1805)
Auguries of Innocence pg. 403
From The Four Zoas (1797 – 1805)
What is the price of Experience pg. 407 (35:11 – 36:13)
From Milton (1804; c. 1810-18)
And did those feet in Ancient Times pg. 144 (1-16)