Diary of the Plague Year: Day 22 6 April 2020: Quotidian Poetry William Blake

William Blake was born in Soho, London, in 1757; and at the age of eight saw “a tree filled with angels” on Peckham Rye, their bright wings “bespangling every bough like stars”. His visionary gifts, as a painter, engraver and poet, never left him; and when he died, in a two-room garret in Fountain Court, Strand, in 1827, he was singing.


Richard Holmes

Songs of Innocence and Experience
Tate Publications


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