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Blake, William (1757–1827)

  1. Gene Edward Veith

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0163

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Veith, G. E. 2011. Blake, William (1757–1827). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


English poet and artist, who was born in London on November 28, 1757, the third of five surviving children. His father, James, was a hosier. Though William never went to school and labored in poverty most of his life, he became a visionary poet and artist who defied the Enlightenment and anticipated the heights of the Romantic imagination. He died on August 12, 1827.


  • Blake, William (1757–1827);
  • swedenborgian sect;
  • mystical, spiritualist version of Christianity;
  • revolutionary engraving technique;
  • songs of innocence;
  • challenging poems, visionary prophetic book