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William Blake - Fusing Art and Poetry William Blake (1757–1827) * He received his formal education in art studying at the Royal Academy of Arts * When he was fourteen, he was apprenticed to a well-known engraver * Blake earned a living giving drawing lessons, illustrating books, and engraving * He felt that his poems reflected a passionate, spiritual world and that this world must be kept separate from the “corporeal,” or physical, world. * Blake’s first book of poems, Poetical Sketches , was printed when he was twenty-six. * Later, he began illustrating his poetry with a technique called illuminated printing. * He would work with pens and brushes in an acid-resistant medium on a copper plate. * He wrote in mirror images, so that the plate would print the characters correctly. Then he etched the plate with acid to make the image stand out. He colored the printed pages with watercolors and stitched them together. *
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