This week, we’ve been reading the poems of William Blake and finding out all about his life. Born in 1757 in London, he trained as an engraver, which is how he made his living until his death in 1827, but he was very creative, and produced his own paintings, engravings and poetry. He was never famous in his own lifetime, but is now considered to be one of the greatest poets of his age, and his visionary art continues to inspire people all around the world.
We looked at some of his paintings – some on Biblical themes, and some of them more mystical, and we talked about what we saw in them.
Riding on a lamb
The colours blend in well
The background has different layers:
Deep green contrasts with the pale.
People in lots of different positions.
Very nice – he was very clever
Tightly curled hair
Male bodies but feminine faces
The top half could be a woman,
Standing on rocks.
He’s running away from someone or something.
Could it be a girl?
Is she going into a church?
Someone’s following her.
The church is a place of safety.
She’s looking sideways,
Looks quite frightened.
The shining orb in her hands
As she walks down the corridor.
Looks like somebody trying to escape.
A bloke with a flashlight.
Sneaking off –
Looking around to see if anyone’s seen him.
Up to no good?
Where is he going? Jerusalem?
Wearing flat sandles.
What’s that in his hand?
Reflecting the light from the door?
With no good intention.
They’re praying for Him
Watching over Him
Waiting to take his soul up to heaven
They might be coming for him.