Pity by William Blake (1795)

I am constantly amazed by Blake’s work as a poet and as an artist. Seeing them in person is, for me, a kind of spiritual experience.

Blake worked in watercolors and ink. He brought a mystical kind of vision to his work, but he was also inspired by Shakespeare, Milton and other great poets.

He was an illustrator as well as a painter, illustrating anthologies of his own work. He was a poet who wrote in what some call pre-Romantic style, but it is clear that in his own time was thought mad or ignored, while today he is acknowledged to be a seminal figure in arts and letters of the late 18th/early 19th century. You’re probably familair with this poem, and this is Blake’s original illustration of it.

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