Blake, the Romantic Poetry Forefather He belongs to the transitional period between late-eighteenth-century and early-nineteenth-century poetry. Some of his poems are similar to those of 18th century poets in that they paint a picture of life and society. As a result, he might be considered the forefather of romantic poetry. However, his work also contains elements from later poets including Coleridge and Keats.
William Blake was born on April 25, 1757 in Innocraft, England. His father was a farmer who died when Blake was only nine years old. Since then, he had to help support his family by working as a farm laborer during the day and writing poems at night. This hard work paid off when one of his poems was published at the age of twenty-one. Soon after, several more of his poems were published in various magazines.
During the time he lived in London, Blake wrote many poems about Jesus, God, and other religious topics. These poems were not accepted by any publishers at the time because people believed that religion should not be put into words or painted pictures.
However, Blake's beliefs about art and freedom of expression led him to create many illustrations for his poems; therefore, he is also called a painter-poet. Today, his paintings are worth millions of dollars and some critics believe they are even more beautiful than his poems!
Blake is a classic romantic poet because of his use of imagery, symbolism, metaphors, and revolutionary spirit, along with simple language and spontaneous expression of thoughts and feelings. He was a major influence on William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Blake's work challenged traditional assumptions about what poetry should be and how it should be expressed. He started a new movement called "romanticism" that was very influential in shaping modern literature. Romantic poets such as Byron, Shelley, and Keats were inspired by Blake to write their own poems that dealt with more serious issues than those poems written before him. These later poets are sometimes called the "Romanticists", even though they were not always interested in being labeled as such.
Blake used mythology and folklore as a source of inspiration for his poems. He believed that people needed something other than reality as it is today to help them understand the problems they were facing in life. Thus, he used myths and legends as a way of expressing ideas and emotions that were important to him but could not be put into words otherwise.
Another influence on romantic poets was music. Music was important to Blake from an early age because of its power to touch souls. It was this belief that caused him to create paintings that were also poems.
His paintings and lyrics have been labeled as "Romantic" and "Pre-Romantic." Blake was impacted by the aspirations and objectives of the French and American revolutions as a dedicated Christian who was antagonistic to the Church of England (indeed, nearly all forms of organized religion). He believed that humanity was living in an evil era that required immediate change, and he attempted to influence this process with his art.
Blake conceived a vision of heaven and hell that has been interpreted in different ways by subsequent artists. He believed that everyone sins, but some people are able to resist temptation while others aren't. Those who can be saved will enter paradise, while those who cannot be saved will suffer forever in hell. This idea is evident in many of his illustrations, such as The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in White from 1795 or The Little Pinacle from 1809. In these images, Blake proposed that God will save some people but not others—an idea that was considered heretical at the time.
Some critics believe that Blake intended his work to be taken seriously rather than humorously, but this view is not supported by any evidence apart from subjective interpretation. It is more likely that Blake was attempting to express spiritual concepts in a way that would be understood by ordinary people. For example, few people would have recognized the references to religious heresy in some of Blake's poems, yet this did not prevent them being influential figures within the poetry community.