Next Friday we’ll start reading one of my favorite poets and artists: WILLIAM BLAKE
No other poet could better embody the pure essence of Creativity, the fight against the injustices of his time and the constant wish to balance & blend the OPPOSITE FORCES of life in a PERENNIAL QUEST FOR HARMONY which will be one of the main threads – together with Human Rights and breaking down of certainties also touched by his production – running through our syllabus. I’ve found a TV documentary you may find interesting. In order to help you while listening, I’ve created some true/False questions with EDPUZZLE. (In the first you register and sign to my class so that I can track your work while in the second you can foo the activity as a guest)
Since Blake’s message according to the documentary was: EMBRACE A WORLD OF CREATIVITY I’ve chosen this second video animation, highly visual.
You can see his paintings at this BBC Website. They’re stunning and highly impressive. Some of them refer to Dante’s Divina Commedia and you’ll find them familiar 😉
The last video is an animation. Sheila Graber was Commissioned by the Tate Gallery to create a movie for their 1977 Blake Exhibition. She was even invited down into the Sculpture Hall where she actually made the movie in public view – thus demonstrating how animation on cel is actually done. It follows “The Poets” journey from Heaven to Hell and back… showing that, as Blake said, “Energy is Eternal delight and whether we create of destroy-it’s the same energy.”
Now I hope you’ll be ready and eager to know more about this great artist and read together in class some of his poems.
Here’s the poem The Lamb from Songs of Innocence we read in class
Here’s Tyger Tyger from The Songs of Experience
I guess you don’t know who Patty Smith is, you’re definitely too young but she’s an icon of rock culture like Bob Dylan. I went to her concert in Bologna when I was your age and she was in Italy performing a few months ago. Here she reads ‘The Tyger’ during a benefit concert for the museum Wadsworth Atheneum on October 20, 2011.
If you’re a fan of the crime series The Mentalist Blake was even quoted in one of its episodes 🙂
How did you like that animation for such a complex poet as William Blake? Does it suit his work? Which of the two poems The Lamb & The Tyger did you like best and why?