Andino Styles

Artist and Writer

The Writing Artist- William Blake

Pity by William Blake

My writing artist choice for today is English poet and painter William Blake. His art is classified under the Romantic movement and came in at number 38 on a poll of 100 Greatest Britons. Blake creatively illustrated biblical imagery mixed with mysticism and philosophy. He started as printmaker, making copies of Greek drawing his father gave him. His stubborn nature and was thought unsuitable for school by his parents and was instead set to Paris’ drawing school the Strand at age 10.  At this age, he began reading and writing poetry. Poetical Sketches was his first book of poems and went on to write 5 more in addition to illustrating and printing illuminated books. Below is his poem Night.

The Song of Los by William Blake



THE sun descending in the west,

The evening star does shine;

The birds are silent in their nest.

And I must seek for mine.

The moon, like a flower

In heaven's high bower,

With silent delight

Sits and smiles on the night.

Farewell, green fields and happy grove,

Where flocks have took delight:

Where lambs have nibbled, silent move

The feet of angels bright;

Unseen they pour blessing

And joy without ceasing

On each bud and blossom,

And each sleeping bosom.

They look in every thoughtless nest

Where birds are cover'd warm;

They visit caves of every beast,

To keep them all from harm:

If they see any weeping

That should have been sleeping,

They pour sleep on their head,

And sit down by their bed.

When wolves and tigers howl for prey,

They pitying stand and weep,

Seeking to drive their thirst away

And keep them from the sheep.

But, if they rush dreadful,

The angels, most heedful,

Receive each mild spirit,

New worlds to inherit.

And there the lion's ruddy eyes

Shall flow with tears of gold:

And pitying the tender cries,

And walking round the fold:

Saying, 'Wrath, by His meekness,

And, by His health, sickness,

 Are driven away

 From our immortal day.

'And now beside thee, bleating lamb,

 I can lie down and sleep,

Or think on Him who bore thy name,

Graze after thee, and weep.

For, wash'd in life's river,

My bright mane for ever

Shall shine like the gold

As I guard o'er the fold.'


-        William Blake

The Night of Arnitharmon's Joy by William Blake

~ Nia Andino ~

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