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5 poems by William Blake
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In this essay I will be examining the way 5 poems by William Blake convey his attitudes towards the society he lived in. William Blake was born on the 28th of November 1757, and then died on the 12th of August 1827. He spent most of his life living in London, except from 1800 to 1803 where he lived in a cottage in Felpham, a seaside village in Sussex. When Blake was almost 25 he married Catherine Bouchier. They had no children but were married for almost 45 years. In 1784, a year after he published his first collection of poems, Blake set up an engraving business, prior to this he was an apprentice engraver making plates where pictures for books were printed. Blake's most famous collections of poems were most probably the 'Songs of Innocence' and the 'Songs of experience'. These collections focused on human nature and society in both positive and negative terms.
The first poem that I will look at in this essay will be 'London'. 'London' is a poem, which the modern reader can empathise with more than maybe 'The echoing green' - another poem by William Blake. This is due to the fact that
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