By Paul Fearne
Key Themes: Poetry
This book is addressed to the 18th century English Romantic poet and artist, William Blake. Blake is well known for his illuminated books, including Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, and his epic poems, including Milton and Jerusalem.
Born in 1757, Blake went to art school at early age. After some time as an apprentice to artist working for the Society of Antiquities, Blake was admitted to the Royal Academy, and exhibited there in 1780. In 1782 Blake married Catherine Boucher, whom he taught how to write and draw.
With a career as an artist and poet well underway, Blake took the fateful decision to move from London to Felpham. After an incident with a solder in his front garden, Blake was charged with High Treason, a charge Blake defeated while defending himself.
This book is written in poetic prose and follows Blake’s work and life to some extent, but mainly uses Blake to formulate poetic brevities to advance the flow of this work addressed to William Blake.
About the Author
Paul Fearne has in his time as a writer written a number of well received books. His first book was launched at the 2010 Melbourne Writers Festival. He was interviewed at that time on Radio National around Australia. His second book was launched at Readings in Carlton. The speeches were broadcast on 3CR radio. Fearne then participated in the Emerging Writers Festival, and was filmed by ABC News 24.
Fearne has a PhD from La Trobe University, and a masters from the University of Melbourne.