203 William Blake

Jacke takes a look at the astonishing life and works of William Blake (1757-1827), a poet, painter, engraver, illustrator, visionary, and one of the key figures of the Romantic Period. How did the boy who saw God’s head in a window at age four become the man who wrote the most anthologized poem in English (“The Tyger”) AND perhaps the most brilliant and innovative visual artist that England has ever produced? We discuss all that and more!

Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. (We appreciate it!) Find out more at historyofliterature.com, jackewilson.com, or by following Jacke and Mike on Twitter at @thejackewilson and @literatureSC. Or send an email to jackewilsonauthor@gmail.com.

Music Credits:

“Magistar” and “Wholesome” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License


2 thoughts on “203 William Blake”

  1. There are a couple bizarre errors early on in this episode. You name Blake’s birth year as 1857 rather than 1757, which could be just a slip of the tongue. Except that a few minutes later you go on to say that Darwin’s Origin of Species was published when he was 2, which would be true if he were born in 1857. It was actually published 32 years after his death. Weirder still, you go into correct detail on his temporal relationship to other Romantic poets and to the American and French Revolutions, which one would think would have set off a lightbulb in your head that those two other claims didn’t fit chronologically.

    A little judicious re-editing of this episode might be in order.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.