into the dangerous world I leapt.”
The house in Soho where William Blake was born no longer exists. In its place is the London headquarters for the advertising company BDA, whose clients include Red Bull, Sony & GE.
Blake's resting place, Bunhill Fields, in Shoreditch, is a kinder spot. A cemetery dating back to the seventeenth century, it is known for the number of Dissenters buried there. The final burial at Bunhill was in 1854, and the grounds became a public park in 1869. Blake's stone marks an area rather than a precise site, but he is close neighbour to Daniel Defoe.