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William Blake Sane or Mad There is no doubt that this poor man was mad but there is something in his madness which interests me more than the sanity of Lord Byron and Walter Scott William Wordsworth said in reference to William Blake Blake unlike other writers was born and lived in moderate ways with many talents he lived throughout the romantic period and wrote many of the greatest and controversial poems of his time including The Lamb and The Tyger These poems are from two books known as the Songs of Innocence and Experience Blake as well as a writer was also a very great painter engraver and printer William Blake failed to receive the credit he deserved until long after his death William Blake was born the second of five children in London on November 28 1757 Blake was son to James Blake a hosier and Catherine Blake He lived most of his life in poverty At an early age Blake was an apprentice to James Basire an engraver which encouraged Blake to enroll in his only formal schooling at the Royal Academy of Arts for a very short period of time In 1782 William Blake married Catherine Boucher a daughter of a market gardener Catherine was illiterate and she signed the marriage certificate with an X Blake taught Catherine to read write and help him with his engraving and printing work once he opened a print shop in 1784 Unfortunately the shop failed a year later William Blake took upon many works as an engraver poet and illustrator along with his dedicated wife to make a small living William Blake was often noted as mad insane and abnormal His state of mind was much different from others of his time At a very early age Blake saw many different visions including one that editor Beer described as a child he once saw a tree full of angels spangling every
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