William Blake (* 28. November 1757 in London; 12. August 1827 ebenda) was an English poet, nature mystic, painter and the inventor of relief etching. His artistic as well as his literary work was largely rejected by his contemporaries. It was not until the middle of the 19th century that his very innovative works were discovered by the Pre-Raphaelites, received general recognition and later spread to pop culture.
The first complete edition of Blake's works was published in 1893 by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats and Edwin Ellis.