Published on August 26, 2014
Page 2 Historical Context Many important events were occurring around the world during Blake ’ s me. The American Revoluon was one of the major sub- jects of his poems. Blake writes about these events as an im- portant step towards freedom independence of the human spirit. Blake also wrote about King George III ’ s mistreatment of the American Colonies. Blake also writes about the French Revoluon. The circle of radi- cal arsans with which Blake was considered part of widely wel- comed the Revoluon. Blake began what would have been a very large poem on the subject, but was unable to complete the work aer publishing the rst volume in 1791. Addionally, Britain was experiencing the industrial revoluon during Blake ’ s lifeme, and this was one of his main poem sub- jects. He protested against the destrucon of nature, and aempted to preserve human freedom and restore imaginaon as a guiding human principle. King George III, The American Revoluon, and the French Revoluon Blake lived and wrote in a time of great change throughout Britain. The industrial revolution inspired many to stand up in the defence of nature. Social Context Blake did not see a very large amount of the changes brought about by the industrial revoluon, however, he was very aware of how the economy was changing, and parcu- larly of how social life was becoming more and more submissive to the demands of wage - labour, and the new rules of life that complied with the factory system. Blake saw this, like many others of the me, as an aempt to restrict human capacity, free- dom and imaginaon. Blake believed that it was his responsibility to help reinstate imagi- naon as a guiding principle of human life and aairs.