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Transcript of William Blake
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire? And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet? What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp? When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee? Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? William Blake Born on
1757 -Sublime (curious and also fearful of the tiger)
-Nature, talks about the forest and an image of fire
-"Tyger burning bright in the forest of the night" the night forest contrasts with the bright tiger
-Tyger referring to the devil image from wikipedia In 1771 Blake got a 7 year apprenticeship as an engraver! Image from http://library... William Blake <3 Nature!! Swedenborg Le French Revolution Photo from http://payingattention... Image from www.levity... Prepare your soul for an interesting fact: Image from www.scienceof... William Blake wrote a book called The French Revolution where he stated problems with the feudal system and the corruption of the French Monarchy and church. Free spirited!
Go where the wind blows!
Do what I want! Image from http://alchemical... The Supernatural Imagine a Perfect World.. Life Summary Intro Songs of Innocents and Experience are a series of folktales. During the Romantic era, folktales were very popular! Blake shares a lot of the characteristics that other poets had during the Romanticism time period. He was born during that time, found his inspiration in nature and wrote plenty of folktales just like other romantic writers and poets. A man that some considered crazy, William Blake, has contributed an abundance of theological poetry and intriguing style to the world as a Romantic poet. -Nature is heavily conveyed, deeps referring to the ocean or hell while skies represent heaven
-Imagery of fire is brought back up
-When Blake says "he" it is referring to god
-Fire is a symbol for Prometheus, a greek titan, and wings are a symbol for another greek mythology, Icarus. -Symbolism: shoulder (strength), art (craftsmanship), hand (shape the creature), feet (stand before the creation) -Creates an imagery of a god being like a blacksmith compared to when he made the lamb -Throwing of spears represents violence, such as the French Revolution
-How could the creator of something so good (lamb) create such evil (tiger) (Theme Good vs. Evil)
-The lamb is a symbol of Jesus Christ
-God created both the lamb and tyger to allow the natural order of balance that all Romantics loved (BritishRomanticism, 1)
-Blake questions God's decision in making the Tyger instead of asking why he created it. Simplicity is common among Blake's works as he directs his poetry to the common person. William's Work William generally stated recurring themes of good and evil, heaven and hell, knowledge and innocence, and external reality versus inner. Which explains his illistrated collection of poems "Songs of Innocence and Experience" Going against common conventions of the time, Blake believed in sexual and racial equality and justice for all. This statement made many people believe that Blake belonged at the funny farm. I would think he's crazy too if he showed me this painting.. Blake’s work revolves around the theme that opposition represents balance in this world, and a focus on one side over its counter leads to oppression and ignorance Many people who study Blake argue that he is an extreme radical who was out to abolish any form of order that existed during his lifetime He started writing poetry at the age of twelve and in 1783 his friends paid for his first collection of verses to be printed, which was entitled “Poetical Sketches” and is now seen as a major poetical event of the 18th century. Although always a well read and intelligent man, Blake left school at the early age of ten to attend the Henry Pars Drawing Academy for five years. He created his own mythological world with man as the central figure. The artists he admired as a child included Raphael, Michelangelo, Giulio, Romano and Dürer William Blake was a simple man admired by many people. In his era many individuals believed him to be rebellious and a bit insane due to his racial comments and mythological idea's. Like Einstein; Blake was a brilliant man hiding behind a lunatic, with his bright ideas and inspirational writing he became quite the romantic. In a symmetrization -Protagonist, Wei Shen
-Undercover cop in Hong Kong
-To get into Triads he must do bad things -Lots of imagery and contrast -Free roam
-Nature everywhere -Contains violence -Use of mythology