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The Chimney Sweeper (Songs of Innocence)

The Chimney Sweeper (Songs of Innocence)

  

by William Blake

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

Tom Dacre wasn't the only one. Blake claimed to receive "spiritual visitors" (i.e., ghosts, angels, etc.) throughout his life. (Source.)

Blake's wife, Catherine Blake, was illiterate when he married her. We're thinking he probably solved that problem pretty quickly. (Source.)

Call him crazy. A lot of folks did, actually. Many contemporaries thought William Blake was a total lunatic. William Wordsworth is reported to have said that the Songs of Innocence and Experience were undoubtedly the production of "insane genius." (Source.)