BLAKE AS A PRE-ROMANTIC POET William Blake is a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrates and printed his own books. William Blake was a 19th century writer and artist who is regarded as a seminal figure of the Romantic Age. His writings have influenced countless writers and artists through the ages, and he has been deemed both a major poet and an original thinker. Born in 1757 in London, England, William Blake began writing at an early age and claimed to have had his first vision, of a tree full of angels, at age 10. He studied engraving and grew to love Gothic art, which he incorporated into his own unique works. A misunderstood poet, artist and visionary throughout much of his life, Blake found admirers late in life and has been vastly influential since his death in 1827. William Blake was born in Soho, London where he spent most of his life. The house of his parents, on the corner of Board Street and Marshall Street, was erected upon an ol
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