William Blake received very little of a traditional education. However, he was versed in Greek and Latin literature, the Bible, and poet John Milton. After his brother Robert died, Blake faith remained strong.
At the age of twelve Blake began writing the poetry that would become his first printed work, Poetical Sketches. He started his poetic work before becoming an engraver's apprentice.
Blake had an interest in theology and philosophy. Those interests which "during the age of revolution, inspired thoroughly original and personal investigations into the state of man and his soul."
Blake's paintings are as famous as his poetry. "The twenty-one watercolors for Blake's seminal illustrations for the Book of Job—considered one of his greatest works and revealing his personal engagement with biblical texts—were created about 1805–10."
Blake's parents believed in his talents and supported him. Identifying Blake’s artistic and creative instincts, his parents sent him to Henry Pars’ drawing school at the age of 10.
Blake worked for as an apprentice for seven years. During that time, he gained immense knowledge on gothic art and architecture and also developed a keen interest in the medieval era.
It has been said that Blake was one of England's finest artists. However, his work didn't appear to be appreciated during his own lifetime. His art is looked upon with considerable credit in this day and age.
In 1782, Blake married Catherine Boucher. He had been married to Catherine for almost 45 years when he died in 1827.
Many respected authors and artists never received recognition for their work in their time. Blake exceeds them all. Only two pirated lyrics from him received commercial success in his lifetime.
After his apprenticeship, Blake started work on his grand narratives. They were called Milton and Jerusalem.