William Blake Poetry

William Blake Poetry

William Blake (1757-1827) was a British Romantic poet and painter. He is most well known for his Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience; his own engravings illustrated these and many other of his poems. Blake’s writing and art are distinguished by their originality, imagination, and mysticism.

William Blake by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, 1807 (NPG 212)
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Creative Commons License

William Blake poetry we have posted on the EIL site:

“Introduction to Songs of Innocence”

“Introduction to Songs of Experience”

“Earth’s Answer”

“A Divine Image”

“The Ecchoing Green”

“The Fly”

“To Winter”

If you are ever in London, Southbank Mosaics has created a series of mosaics, based on Blake’s works, that are displayed near the artist’s former home. (Some unclad human figures are included.)


The biographical sketch on this page was adapted from A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, by John Cousin. You may read a longer biography and see a few more examples of Blake’s work in the William Blake Biography post.

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