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William Blake - National Portrait Galley, London

The Poems of William Blake

Largely overlooked in his lifetime, Blake followed his own creative path. In doing so he created some of the most visionary work of the Romantic period.

Milton, better known today as the hymn Jerusalem, was written by Blake as a defiant attack on industrialisation.

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Links to other poems

  • A Little Boy Lost
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  • London
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  • Preface to Milton
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  • The Chimney Sweeper
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  • The School Boy
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  • Visions of the Daughters of Albion
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Audio Correction: The audio for The Chimney Sweeper states that it is from Blake's Songs of Experience, but the version is in fact from Songs of Innocence.

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Image: National Portrait Gallery, London

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