Literary Anniversaries: 12 August
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.