William Blake was a poet who many people recognized as one of the most notable contributors to not only English Literature, but also to art. Born and raised in Soho, London, William began to gain a passion for painting and poetry when he was very young. When he turned 14, he attended a school where he could focus on drawing and then he apprenticed with James Basire, who was an english engraver. After he completed a few years, William started dedicating his time working on many projects for different print and book publishers and also decided to study at the Royal Academy of Art’s Schools of Design. He began to gain love for gothic art when he was at Westminster Abbey, creating drawings of famous monuments as well as tombs.
At that period of time, he was being payed by many booksellers so he could engrave drawings for many different novels. During this era many riots were occuring in London, and many incidents such as burning of houses, and churches were taking place as well. One day William was in a setting where he faced a mob who had set the Newgate prison on fire. He saw many things he did not want to see, and that picture of violence and destruction inspired many of his writings, such as “America”. William got married to Catherine Sophia Boucher in 1782. Catherine supported her husband in everything he decided to do and that is why hey had a very positive and happy marriage. In 1787 William Blake experienced something very tough and traumatic in his life.
His 24 year old brother, Robert, died due to tuberculosis. This affected William in many ways, but it also inspired his poetry tremendously. William claims to have seen Robert’s spirit rise up to the ceiling while clapping his hands very joyfully, and then a few months later claimed robert’s spirit would give him a visit very often to teach him a method that he then used in many illuminated works. The death of his brother was the reason why William put his soul into poetry and focused more on that than on drawing. Although William had many famous illustrations and poems, his work did not get as much attention till a few years after his death. Another poet who was also idealized as a very important poet was Sir Thomas Wyatt.
Sir Thomas Wyatt was born in 1503, in Allington, Kent. He was not only a poet, but he was also an english politician, and ambassador. The work of many other famous poets such as Petrarch,Seneca and Horace inspired Thomas to begin writing. Although, what really inspired him to begin writing was the english and french prosody after missions to France and Rome. He wrote a few sonnets of his own, but most of his poems consisted of sonnet imitations by other poets.Thomas Wyatt’s poems are also known for their rhyme scheme of cddcee.
Just like the poet William Blake, Thomas’s work was not very known until after his passing.