William Blake, one of the beloved English poets, was born this day in 1757. Blake wrote many poems, including Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Columbia Granger's World of Poetry describes Blake thusly:

Few poets can match Blake's tremendous scope in writing verses that a three-year-old can learn to verses that still baffle the most intelligent critics. Through it all, Blake kept up a splendid sense of humor and an equally splendid sense of indignation and exasperation.

If you are curious about William Blake, Beauregard Parish Library is proud to give its patrons access to Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. A list of Blake's works is available here.

For an example of Blake's poetry, here is the first stanza of "A Cradle Song" from Songs of Innocence

Sweet dreams, form a shade
O'er my lovely infant's head;
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams
Be happy, silent, moony beams.