Literary Anniversaries: 12 August

'Ancient of Days' is a dramatic example of Blake's artwork

‘Ancient of Days’ is a dramatic example of Blake’s artwork

Today we commemorate the death of William Blake in London in 1827.  An undoubtedly talented man, Blake was not just a poet, but an artist and printmaker too.  Despite this, his real recognition has come after his death: some of his contemporaries considered him insane!

This prognosis of insanity may have been as a result of Blake having ‘visions’ from an early age, and his relationship with organised religion was an interesting and uneasy one.  His influence cannot be denied, though – for example, Philip Pullman‘s important His Dark Materials trilogy is based on a world that Blake created.

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