William Blake is an author known for his romantic and lyrical poetry, born to London is 1757 where he was raised a devout Catholic. His father was a successful London hosier who encouraged his son’s artistic talents (unlike most parents these days). His mother educated him at home before he was sent to Henry Pars’ drawing school–where he first claimed to have visions of religious figures. These figures included, but were not limited to, angels, ghosts, and the Virgin Mary.
Blake published many works although never being able to overcome poverty because he preferred to publish by himself rather than as a collaboration with other poets. He was never recognized during his lifetime as a brilliant poet, but today he is highly rated as both a poet and an artist.