William Blake is now considered one of the giants of poetry. During his life, and for many years after, he was thought of as mad. His wide ranging skills not only encompassed poetry but bestrode the visual arts too, with paintings and printmaking.
Unfortunately Blake could never fit in to what society expected of him, and his attacks on religion did not help. But his work was the true measure of his worth and remains with us today. Although he lived to be 70, the great bulk of his poetry was completed by the age of 51. In our production, we have extracts from 'Songs of Experience' and 'Songs of Innocence'.
Our selections are read by the remarkable Sir Ralph Richardson, one of the grandees of English film and theatre.
William Blake Biography