Blake, William (1757–1827)
Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
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The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization
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Veith, G. E. 2011. Blake, William (1757–1827). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .
- 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.
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