Born on November 28, 1757, William Blake spent his life as a poet, painter and printmaker before passing on August 12, 1827. Blake has long been considered a seminal figure in the history of modern English poetry and in the visual arts of the Romantic period. Blake lived in London most of his life during which time he produced a symbolically rich and diverse works which sought to show the imagination as innate to God and man’s existence. Though brilliantly eccentric to the point that many thought him mad, Blake’s influence on future art and literary work is undeniable.
You may read The Tiger and other poems by William Blake beginning here:
Alternatively, there is a collection of such poems available to be listened to in an audiobook format available here: