Selected Poems by William BlakeA small collection of poems from 18th century Englishman William Blake. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, and viewed in some quarters as a madman, it wasnt until later his work was regarded as grand. Along with his paintings, he would be part of the Romantic Movement, and was also strongly influenced by the Church, politics and historical revolutions. Made up of the Songs of Innocence & Experience, arguably his most famous work, they are charming poems, with the early ones that had me thinking of the British countryside on a summers day, sitting under a tree and looking yonder at the picturesque landscape.
Sometimes its the small and simple things that lead to much beauty, and like other easy on the eye poets, most are a joy to read, and so full of wonder. My favorites were Holy Thursday, Divine Image and The Garden of Love.
A little Taste,
The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threatning horn:
While the lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright
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Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic poetry has been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry has led one contemporary art critic to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced".
10 of the Best William Blake Poems
His collection often contains poems with similar themes, and at times the same title, to contrast the innocent world of childhood in Songs of Innocence with the corruption and repression of the adult world in Songs of Experience. Blake was deeply opposed to slavery; oppression of Church and the ruling classes; and the harmful effects of the Industrial Revolution. These themes often feature in his poems. Published: Collection: Songs of Innocence.
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The greatest poems by William Blake selected by Dr Oliver Tearle William Blake ( ) is one of the key figures of English Romanticism.
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Poet, painter, engraver, and visionary William Blake worked to bring about a change both in the social order and in the minds of men. Though in his lifetime his work was largely neglected or dismissed, he is now considered one of the leading lights of English poetry, and his work has only grown in popularity. Far from being an isolated mystic, Blake lived and worked in the teeming metropolis of London at a time of great social and political change that profoundly influenced his writing. In addition to being considered one of the most visionary of English poets and one of the great progenitors of English Romanticism, his visual artwork is highly regarded around the world. Blake was born on November 28, Unlike many well-known writers of his day, Blake was born into a family of moderate means. In all, seven children were born to James and Catherine Harmitage Blake, but only five survived infancy.
William Blake is one of the key figures of English Romanticism, and a handful of his poems are universally known thanks to their memorable phrases and opening lines. The poem has been read as a satire of the rampant jingoism and Christian feeling running through England during the Napoleonic Wars, and has even been described as anti-patriotic, despite the patriotic nature of the hymn it inspired. This little poem seems to be very straightforward, but its meaning remains elusive. Is the worm that destroys the rose a symbol of death? By contrast, roses are often associated with love, beauty, and the erotic. The speaker of the poem tells us that when he was angry with his friend he simply told his friend that he was annoyed, and that put an end to his bad feeling.