Sunday, February 26, 2012


“My mother groaned, my father wept,
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.

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