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William Blake: Poet and Artist   

William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, he is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. What he called his prophetic works were said by 20th-century critic Northrop Frye to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language." His visual artistry led 21st-century critic Jonathan Jones to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced." In this class we will evaluate the paintings and other artistic works of this visionary who remains undervalued by the broader art-loving public.