Whatta Guy. I urge everyone who can to get acquainted with William Blake's incredibly gorgeous and strange (to some) poems and artwork.
Quarry Hill has been known to celebrate William Blake's birthday in some amusing and interesting ways. For instance, one year we had a William Blake Quiz Show-- Jim Drougas and myself against Irving and Allen. Jim and I beat them easily-- we knew more quotes than they did (I've always been good at quotes, if I do say so myself!). Later Irving was eating crackers in the kitchen--something he did pretty much when he felt defeated. I feel rather badly now about our triumph.
But I feel good about William Blake. A unique being of sublime beauty. I've always felt connected to him because (well one reason) he died on my birthday-to-be, August 12, 1827.
The Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Bookshop on Carmine St. in New York City to learn more about William Blake's life and amazing death!
One of Blake's greatest Images