What are 10 Facts About William Blake?


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  • He was gifted in art, philosophy and poetry.
  • William Blake claimed to have mystical visions throughout his life. When he was 4 years old, he said he saw God put his head up to the window.
  • At age 9 he claimed to have seen a tree full of angels.
  • William Blake's wife, Catherine Boucher, was illiterate and Blake tried to teach her how to read and write.
  • One of his works of art, "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in the Sun" plays a big part in the novel, Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris.
  • He loved reading classical literature in the original languages; Blake taught himself Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Italian.
  • William Blake's work was considered extraordinary and mystical. Unfortunately, he never gained recognition for his work while he was alive.

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