William Blake's body of work has significantly impacted countless writers, poets and painters, and his legacy is often apparent in modern popular culture. William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 was an English poet, painter, and Printmaker.  His artistic endeavours, which included songwriting in addition to writing, etching and painting, often espoused a sexual and imaginative freedom that has made him a uniquely influential figure, especially since the 1960s. Far more than any other canonical writer, his songs have been set and adapted by popular musicians including U2, Jah Wobble, Tangerine Dream, Bruce Dickinson and Ulver. Jah Wobble (born John Wardle, in Stepney in 1958 is an English Bass guitarist singer Poet and Composer. Tangerine Dream is a German Electronic music group founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. Paul Bruce Dickinson (born 7 August 1958 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England) is a British singer Airline pilot, radio show Ulver ( Norwegian for “ wolves ” is a multi-disciplinary musical trio from Norway. Folk musicians have adapted his work, and figures such as Bob Dylan, Alasdair Gray and Allen Ginsberg have been influenced by him. Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman, May 24 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota) is an American singer-songwriter author poet and painter who has been a major Alasdair Gray (born 28 December 1934 is a Scottish writer and Artist. Irwin Allen Ginsberg (ˈgɪnzbɝg (June 3 1926 &ndash April 5 1997 was an American Poet. The genre of the graphic novel traces its origins to Blake's etched songs and Prophetic Books, as does the genre of fantasy art. A Fantasy art is a genre of Art that depicts 
Blake's illustrated books were much imitated in the early twentieth century, and the emergence of radical ideas about alternative futures heightened the appeal of Blake's prophetic literature. Aldous Huxley took up the idea of The Doors of Perception, in a 1954 book of the same name about mind expansion through recreational drug use. Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 &ndash 22 November 1963 was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. The Doors of Perception is a 1954 book by Aldous Huxley detailing his experiences when taking Mescaline. C. S. Lewis took up the theme of Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell in the preface of his book The Great Divorce, in which he describes Blake as a "great genius. Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963 The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is one of William Blake 's Books a series of texts written in imitation of biblical books of prophecy but expressing Blake's The Great Divorce is a work of Fantasy by C S Lewis that portrays Christian perceptions of the life after death allegorically specifically " William Butler Yeats edited a collection of Blake's poetry and considered himself the inheritor of his poetic mission.
Blake's painting The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun (1806-1809) and the poem "Auguries of Innocence" both play a prominent role in Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon (1981), in which the killer Francis Dolarhyde has an obsession with the painting. The Great Red Dragon Paintings are a series of Watercolor paintings by the English Auguries of Innocence is a Poem from one of William Blake 's notebooks now known as The Pickering Manuscript Http//www Red Dragon is a mystery thriller novel written by Thomas Harris featuring the brilliant Psychiatrist and Serial killer Dr The year 1981 in literature involved some significant events and new books Character overview Dolarhyde is a Serial killer nicknamed "The Tooth Fairy" due to his tendency to bite his victims' bodies the uncommon size and Dolarhyde imagines himself 'becoming' a being like the Red Dragon featured in the paintings. 
Blake and his wife Kate are the major characters in Ray Nelson's science fiction novel Blake's Progress (1975), which subsequently was extensively rewritten and republished as Timequest (1985). Radell "Ray" Faraday Nelson (1931- is a Science fiction author and Cartoonist most famous for his 1963 short story " Eight O'Clock in the Morning" The year 1975 in literature involved some significant events and new books The year 1985 in literature involved some significant events and new books William Blake's mapping of London in Jerusalem inspired London psychogeography in the work of novelist Iain Sinclair, biographer Peter Ackroyd and poet Aidan Dun. Jerusalem, subtitled The Emanation of the Giant Albion, was the last longest and greatest in scope of the prophetic books written and illustrated Psychogeography was defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as the "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment consciously organized or not Iain Sinclair is a British Writer and Film maker Much of his work is rooted in London most recently within the influences of Psychogeography Peter Ackroyd (born 5 October 1949, East Acton, London) is an English Author.
Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses (1988) contains a brief episode in which the characters discuss Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie Kt (born 19 June 1947 is an Indian - British novelist and essayist The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie 's fourth Novel, first published in 1988 and inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. The year 1988 in literature involved some significant events and new books 
Blake is described by Philip Pullman as one of three major literary influences on His Dark Materials, along with Heinrich von Kleist and John Milton. Philip Pullman CBE (born October 19, 1946) is an English writer. His Dark Materials is a Trilogy of Fantasy Novels by Philip Pullman comprising Northern Lights (1995 Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist ( October 18, 1777 &ndash November 21, 1811) was a German Poet, Dramatist, John Milton ( 9 December, 1608 – 8 November, 1674) was an English Poet, Prose Polemicist and  Pullman's stated intention was to invert Milton's story of a war between heaven and hell in the light of Blake's famous comment that Milton was "of the Devil's party without knowing it". Heaven may refer to the physical heavens the sky or the seemingly endless expanse of the Universe beyond Hell, according to many Religious beliefs, is a location in the Afterlife, which may be described as a place of suffering  Pullman stated that he "is of the Devil's party and does know it. "
Ed Bemand's novel Beheld (2006) references both "The Fly" and "The Tyger" and describes ideas of perception inspired by Blake's work. The year 2006 in literature involved some significant events and new books The Blakean city Beulah is featured in Angela Carter's The Passion of New Eve (1977) as an underground site for a female religious cult. The Passion of New Eve is a Novel by Angela Carter, first published in 1977. The year 1977 in literature involved some significant events and new books Blake is a character in Tracy Chevalier's novel Burning Bright (2007), which centres on a family who live next door to him in Lambeth while he is writing Songs of Experience. Tracy Chevalier (born October 1962 in Washington DC) is a bestselling Historical novelist She is of Romande Swiss descent (with possible The year 2007 in literature involves some significant new books 
In Orson Scott Card's series The Tales of Alvin Maker, William Blake was depicted under the name "Taleswapper," having the 'knacks' of story-telling, engraving, and simply being in the right place at the right time. Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is a bestselling American Author, Critic, political writer and speaker. The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of novels by Orson Scott Card that revolve around the experiences of a young man Alvin Miller who discovers he has incredible powers
In David Almond's Carnegie medal-winning children's novel Skellig, a story about a 12-year-old boy named Michael and his meeting with a strange, angel-like creature, Blake is referenced heavily. David Almond was (born May 15 1951) is a British children's writer who has penned several novels each one to critical acclaim The Carnegie Medal in Literature was established in the UK in 1936 in honour of Scottish Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Skellig is a children's book by David Almond, for which Almond was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1998 and also the In the novel, the child Mina and her parents are proponents of Blake. Mina has a strong relationship to animals and "The Tyger" is quoted.
The crime writer Keith Heller has written several stories in which Blake's wife Catherine solves crimes while William remains oblivious to her actions.
Many of the names of characters from Blake's myths are used in Philip José Farmer's World of Tiers books, including Urizen, Los, Orc, and Anana. Philip José Farmer (born January 26 1918) is an American Author, principally known for his Science fiction and fantasy The World of Tiers novels are a series of connected Science fiction / Fantasy Novels by Philip José Farmer. This mythology is referred to by the characters in the stories (mainly in The Gates of Creation, Red Orc's Rage, and More than Fire). Red Orc's Rage (1991 is a recursive science fiction novel and part of the World of Tiers series of novels by Philip José Farmer. There is also a character based on Blake's painting "The Ghost of a Flea".
Blake is an extremely important figure in comic literature. Alan Moore cites Blake's work in V for Vendetta (1982-5) and Watchmen (1986-7). Alan Moore (born November 18 1953 in Northampton) is an English Writer most famous for his influential work in Comics, including the acclaimed V for Vendetta is a ten-issue Comic book Watchmen is a twelve-issue Comic book Limited series written by Alan Moore, and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and John Higgins  As an apparent homage to Blake's importance in Moore's work, a framed copy of Blake's watercolor "Elohim Creating Adam" can be seen when Evey first explores V's hideout in the recent film version of V for Vendetta. William Blake also becomes an important figure in Moore's later work, and is a featured character in From Hell (1991-98) and Angel Passage (2001). From Hell is a Graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell speculating upon the identity and motives of Jack the Ripper In From Hell, Blake appears as a mystical and occultic foil to William Gull's aristocratic plot to murder the prostitutes of Whitechapel in London. From Hell is a Graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell speculating upon the identity and motives of Jack the Ripper Sir William Withey Gull 1st Baronet ( December 31, 1816 – January 29, 1890) was an English Physician. Gull appears to Blake in two visions over the course of Moore's comic, and becomes the inspiration for "The Ghost of a Flea. " Angel Passage was performed at the 2001 Tate Gallery exhibition of Blake accompanied with art by John Coultart.
Grant Morrison, R. Crumb, and J. M. DeMatteis have all cited Blake as one of their major inspirations. Grant Morrison (born January 31 1960 is a Scottish Comic book writer and artist Robert Dennis Crumb (born August 30, 1943) often credited simply as R John Marc DeMatteis (born December 15 1953) is an American Writer of Comic books. Comic designer William Blake Everett claims to be descended from Blake.  Blake's Urizen appears in an early issue of Morrison's Invisibles. In the complex mythology of William Blake, Urizen is the embodiment of conventional reason and Law. The Invisibles is a mature readers Comic book series that was published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics from 1994 to Urizen also appears in Todd McFarlane's occult superhero comic Spawn. In the complex mythology of William Blake, Urizen is the embodiment of conventional reason and Law. Todd McFarlane (born March 16, 1961) is a Canadian Comic book artist writer toy manufacturer/designer and media Entrepreneur who is best known Spawn is a fictional Comic book character created by Todd McFarlane. Garth Ennis also cites Blake's work in the Punisher MAX one-shot titled The Tyger. Garth Ennis (born January 16, 1970 in Holywood, Northern Ireland) is an Irish Comics writer best known for the DC The Punisher ( Frank Castle) is a fictional Antihero that appears in the Comic books published by Marvel Comics. In the American Comic book industry the term one-shot is used to denote a pilot comic or a stand-alone story created to last as one issue
Nancy Willard's book of poetry A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1982. Nancy Willard (born June 26, 1936, in Ann Arbor Michigan) is a children's author and poet A Visit to William Blake's Inn Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers is a book by Nancy Willard that won the Newbery Medal for excellence in The book combines verse with large gouache illustrations by Alice and Martin Provensen which are whimsical and iconic, making great use of the architecture of Blake's England. Alice Provensen ( 1918 August 14 - present and Martin Provensen ( 1916 July 10 - 1987 March were an American Author
Blake has been quoted in comic strips as well. In a weekday strip of Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin recites a line from Blake's "The Tyger", while viewing a sleeping Hobbes (a tiger), lightheartedly alluding to the lines "Tyger, Tyger, burning bright. . . " Calvin's reaction to the poem is a confused one, however, as he assumes Blake was literally writing about an immolated tiger.
In the episode "Full Frontal Nudity" (episode 8, season 1) of Monty Python's Flying Circus, produced in 1969, it is "Jerusalem" that must be sung to get a salesman to remove a bag over his head. Monty Python’s Flying Circus (also known as Flying Circus or during the final series just Monty Python) is a BBC Sketch comedy Also, it is used repeatedly in the episode "Owl-Stretching Time" (Episode 4, Season 1) as Eric Idle sings it from the Cardiff rooms, Libya (although he replaces the word "feet" with "teeth"). After singing the line about "England's mountains green. . . . " it cuts to a "Rustic monologue", which is broken up by the Colonel. Also, in the sketch "Salvation Fuzz/Church Police", when they arrest a man for murder, they "conclude this arrest with a hymn", and they proceed to sing this song. The song is also used in many other episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus, and appears in The Fairly Incomplete And Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book as "Jerusalem".
In his movie Mean Streets (1973), Martin Scorsese references Blake's poem "The Tyger" when a young pet tiger makes Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro take refuge atop a couch, paralleling the grit and innocence of life in the city. Mean Streets ( 1973) is an early Martin Scorsese film starring Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. The year 1973 in film involved some significant events Events The Marx Brothers ' Zeppo Marx divorces his second " The Tyger " is a famous poem by the English poet William Blake. Harvey Keitel (born 13 May 1939 is an Academy Award -nominated American actor Robert Mario De Niro Jr (born August 17 1943 is a two-time Academy Award -winning American Film Actor, director and producer 
In Jim Jarmusch's 1995 western Dead Man, the central character, played by Johnny Depp, is named William Blake and allusions to Blake's poetry appear thematically as well explicitly after Blake (who has never heard of the poet) meets a Native American who is an admirer of the poet. Jim Jarmusch (born January 22 1953 in Akron Ohio; ˈdʒɑrməʃ is an American independent Film director. The year 1995 in film involved some significant events Events March 22 - The Dogme 95 movement is officially announced in Paris Dead Man is a 1995 film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. John 
A variation on a verse from Blake's America: a Prophecy appears in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), spoken by Roy Batty (played by Rutger Hauer). Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear) is a British Academy Award Nominated and Golden Globe Emmy Award and BAFTA Award winning Blade Runner is a 1982 American Science fiction Film, directed by Ridley Scott. Events June 10 = Steven Spielberg 's Science fiction PG-rating film E This article details the characters in the film Blade Runner. Rutger Oelsen Hauer (rʏtxər ulsən hʌuər born January 23, 1944) is a Golden Globe -winning Dutch Film Actor. This has been interpreted as a way of linking Batty to Blake's mythic regenerative hero Orc. Orc (a proper name is one of the characters in the complex mythology of William Blake. 
Blake's work resides in the background of Peter Care's 2002 film The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys; a copy of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell was a gift from an orphan boy's father and a central symbol in the film. The year 2002 in film involved some significant events The first significant releases of sequels took place between Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is a 2002 Independent film directed by Peter Care. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is one of William Blake 's Books a series of texts written in imitation of biblical books of prophecy but expressing Blake's In the 2006 film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Jean Girard quotes Proverbs of Hell, stating "the cut worm forgives the plow. The year 2006 in film involved some significant events Releases of sequels took place with Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 Comedy film about NASCAR racing The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is one of William Blake 's Books a series of texts written in imitation of biblical books of prophecy but expressing Blake's " Blake's poem "The Garden of Love" is quoted in a scene in The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), directed by Ken Loach. " The Garden of Love " is a poem by romantic poet William Blake. The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a 2006 Ken Loach Film set during the Irish War of Independence (1919–21 and the Irish Civil War Kenneth Loach (born 17 June 1936) known as Ken Loach, is an English television and Film director.
The image of V escaping the fire at Larkhill in the Wachowski brothers's V for Vendetta (2006) is very similar to Blake's images of Orc from the Illuminated Works (cf. Biography Andy and Larry Wachowski were born to a Polish-American family in Chicago. V for Vendetta is a 2006 action - thriller Film directed by James McTeigue and produced by Joel Silver Urizen plate 16; America plate 12), and an almost exact reproduction of plate 5 (V, had Blake used Roman numerals to number his plates) of "The Gates of Paradise," titled "Fire. "
The film versions of the novel Red Dragon, Manhunter and Red Dragon, both include the painting. Red Dragon is a mystery thriller novel written by Thomas Harris featuring the brilliant Psychiatrist and Serial killer Dr Manhunter is a 1986 thriller Film based on Thomas Harris 's Novel Red Dragon. This entry is about the 2002 film For other entries with similar names see Red dragon. In the first film the character played by Tom Noonan sports a tattoo on his chest based on Blake's image of the dragon hovering over the woman. Tom Noonan (born April 12, 1951) is an American Actor and film writer-director The second film has the character (played by Ralph Fiennes) display a stylised version of the dragon tattooed on his back. Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes ( "rafe fines" born 22 December 1962) is a British Actor. 
References to Blake and his work are also found in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Lara Croft Tomb Raider is a film adaptation of the Tomb Raider video game series
Blake's poems have been set to music by many composers, including Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten. Ralph (reɪf Vaughan Williams OM (12 October 1872 &ndash 26 August 1958 was an English Composer of symphonies, Chamber music Edward Benjamin Britten Baron Britten, OM CH (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976 was an English Composer, conductor, In the early twentieth century British Classical song writers regularly set his work for voice or choir. The most famous musical setting is Hubert Parry's hymn Jerusalem, which was written as a patriotic song during World War I. Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry 1st Baronet (27 February 1848 &ndash 7 October 1918 was an English Composer, best known for the choral song Jerusalem " And did those feet in ancient time " is a short Poem by William Blake from the preface to his epic Milton a Poem (1804 World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All
With the emergence of modern popular music in the 1950s and '60s, Blake became a hero of the counter culture. Counter Culture is a 2005 compilation Double album by Roy Harper featuring 25 classic Roy Harper songs cherry picked according to his Dylan's songs were compared to Blake.  Dylan also collaborated with Allen Ginsberg to record two Blake songs. Irwin Allen Ginsberg (ˈgɪnzbɝg (June 3 1926 &ndash April 5 1997 was an American Poet.  Ginsberg himself performed and recorded many Blake songs, claiming that the spirit of Blake had communicated musical settings of several Blake poems to him.  He believed that in 1948 in an apartment in Harlem, he had had an auditory hallucination of Blake reading his poems "Ah, Sunflower," "The Sick Rose," and "Little Girl Lost" (later referred to as his "Blake vision").
The Fugs set several of Blake's songs, and performed a "Homage to William and Catherine Blake", celebrating their sexual freedom. The Fugs are a band formed in New York City in 1965 by poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, with Ken Weaver on drums  Atomic Rooster used Blake's painting "Nebuchadnezzar" for the cover of their 1970 album, Death Walks Behind You. Atomic Rooster were an English Progressive rock band, formed by ex- Crazy World of Arthur Brown members Vincent Crane and
Van Morrison mentions Blake in the song "You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push The River" on his 1974 album, Veedon Fleece. George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born 31 August 1945 is a Grammy Award -winning Northern Irish Singer, Events January - The Ramones form January - Joni Mitchell releases her monumental album Court and Spark, supported Veedon Fleece is the eighth Studio album by Northern Irish Singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in October 1974 (see Blake is also mentioned, along with T. S. Eliot, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth, among others, in the lyrics of "Summertime in England," a song loosely based on Blake's poem, "And did those feet in ancient time" and from Morrison's 1980 album, Common One. Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM (September 26 1888 – January 4 1965 was a poet Dramatist, and Literary critic. Samuel Taylor Coleridge ( 21 October 1772 &ndash 25 July 1834) was an English Poet, Critic and philosopher " Summertime in England " is the longest song on Northern Irish Singer-songwriter Van Morrison 's 1980 album Common One " And did those feet in ancient time " is a short Poem by William Blake from the preface to his epic Milton a Poem (1804 Events January January 1 - The year starts off with a strong Disco backlash which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments Common One is an album by Northern Irish Singer/songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1980 The 1984 album, A Sense of Wonder, includes "Ancient of Days," possibly referencing Blake's famous painting. See also Events January 21 - " Relax " by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart it A Sense of Wonder is an album by Northern Irish Singer/songwriter Van Morrison released in 1985 Ancient of Days is a name for God in Aramaic Atik Yomin; in the Greek Septuagint: Palaios Hemeron; and in the Vulgate: Antiquus On the same album, the song "Let The Slave" incorporates Blake's 1797 poem, "The Price of Experience. Events Walter Scott marries Charlotte Carpenter Jane Austen finishes a draft of Pride and Prejudice New " Morrison also mentions Blake in his song "Will I Ever Learn to Live in God?" from his 1989 album, Avalon Sunset, and "Golden Autumn Day" from his 1999 album, Back on Top. This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1989 Avalon Sunset is an Album by Northern Irish Singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music. See also 1999 in music (UK Musical groups established in 1999 Record Back on Top is an Album by Northern Irish Singer/songwriter Van Morrison released in 1999.
U2's Joshua Tree album was originally intended to open with a track entitled "Beautiful Ghost," in which Bono recites 'Introduction to Songs of Experience' over a sombre instrumental; the song was ultimately cut from the final album, but appeared seventeen years later as an unreleased and rare track in The Complete U2 set on iTunes. The Joshua tree ( Yucca brevifolia) is a Monocotyledonous Tree native to southwestern North America, in the states of California The Complete U2 was a " Digital Box set " by U2, released exclusively online in the ITunes Store on 23 November iTunes is a proprietary digital media player application introduced by Apple Inc Daniel Amos performed the song William Blake on their album Vox Humana in 1984. Daniel Amos (aka D A, Dä) is a Rock band formed in 1974 by Terry Scott Taylor on guitars and vocals Marty Dieckmeyer on bass Vox Humana is a 1984 album by Rock band Daniel Amos, released on Refuge Records. See also Events January 21 - " Relax " by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart it Manchester group The Fall had a track on their 2000 album The Unutterable entitled "WB", a song about Blake's visions, taking several lines from his work. The Fall are an English Post-punk band formed in Prestwich, Greater Manchester in 1976 The Unutterable is an album by British rock band The Fall, released in 2000 Singer Mark E. Smith had expressed his admiration for Blake on many occasions previously. Mark Edward Smith (born 5 March 1957) is the Lead singer, Lyricist, Frontman, and sole constant member of English
A number of musicians have identified Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience as being of special importance. Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul are two books of Poetry by the English Poet and painter Greg Brown released an album of selections from the Songs of Innocence and Experience (1986), and several Blake songs were included in Tangerine Dream's album Tyger (1987). Greg Brown may refer to Greg Brown (broadcaster, announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates Greg Brown (businessman, CEO of Motorola See also Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 Events January Tangerine Dream is a German Electronic music group founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. Tyger is an album by Tangerine Dream based on the poetry of William Blake. See also Musical groups established in 1987 Record labels established in 1987 Events Finn Coren's two albums of "The Blake Project" sets his songs, as does Jah Wobble's album "The Inspiration of William Blake". Finn Coren (born 28 March 1961 is a Norwegian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jah Wobble (born John Wardle, in Stepney in 1958 is an English Bass guitarist singer Poet and Composer. Loreena McKennitt used lines from the Poetical Sketches in her song Lullaby. Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt CM (born February 17, 1957) is a Canadian singer composer harpist and pianist most famous for writing recording  Composer William Bolcom set the entire collection of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience in 1984, a recording of which was released in 2006. William Elden Bolcom (born May 26 1938 is an American Composer and pianist. Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul are two books of Poetry by the English Poet and painter This is a list of notable events in Music that took place in the year 2006. On two separate albums, composer, conductor and musician David Axelrod interpreted Songs of Innocence and of Experience. David Axelrod (born April 17, 1936, Los Angeles) is an American composer arranger and producer across a wide range of musical genres Swedish experimental/industrial band The Protagonist has a song called "The Sick Rose" (based on the poem) on their album Songs of Experience. A jazz interpretation of Songs of Innocence and of Experience was produced in the 1980s by pianist/ composer Mike Westbrook. Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul are two books of Poetry by the English Poet and painter Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Michael John David 'Mike' Westbrook (born March 21, 1936 in High Wycombe) is a highly successful British Jazz Pianist,
Bruce Dickinson's solo album The Chemical Wedding draws inspiration from the works of Blake. Paul Bruce Dickinson (born 7 August 1958 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England) is a British singer Airline pilot, radio show The Chemical Wedding is a heavy metal Album released in 1998 (see 1998 in music) by Bruce Dickinson in collaboration with guitarist/producer In fact, many songs on it, such as "The Book of Thel," have the same titles as poems by Blake. The Book of Thel is a poem by William Blake, dated 1789 and probably worked on in the period 1788 to 1790 The black metal/experimental music group Ulver released Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell in 1998, setting large portions of the poem's text. Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It often employs fast tempos shrieked vocals highly distorted guitars played with Tremolo picking, Experimental music is a term introduced by composer John Cage in 1955 Ulver ( Norwegian for “ wolves ” is a multi-disciplinary musical trio from Norway. Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is the fourth album by Norwegian experimental band Ulver. This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1998 The name of metal band The Human Abstract is taken from Blake's poem of the same name. The Human Abstract is a Progressive metal band with neo-classical, alternative and experimental elements
Composer Eve Beglarian wrote a piece called The Marriage of Heaven and Hell inspired by and using quotations from Blake's work of the same name. Eve Beglarian (born July 22, 1958) is a contemporary American Composer, performer and audio producer of Armenian descent The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is one of William Blake 's Books a series of texts written in imitation of biblical books of prophecy but expressing Blake's
Enrique Bunbury from Spanish band Héroes del Silencio was influenced by Blake's work, with songs like "El Camino del Exceso (The Road of Excess)," "Los Placeres de la Pobreza (The Pleasures of Poverty)," "Deshacer el Mundo (Unmake the World)" and "La Chispa Adecuada (The Right Spark)". Héroes del Silencio (sometimes referred to as just Héroes) is a Spanish rock band from Zaragoza ( Aragon,  Il Trono dei Ricordi have released an album, setting passages from The Book of Urizen and Visions of the Daughters of Albion. Il Trono Dei Ricordi (the Throne of Memories are an Italian Progressive rock band of the 1990s who released an album of songs setting the words of William Blake. The Book of Urizen is one of the major prophetic books of the English poet William Blake, illustrated by Blake's own plates Visions of the Daughters of Albion is a 1793 poem by William Blake, produced as a book with his own illustrations
Patti Smith was heavily influenced by Blake, referring to him in her song "My Blakean Year" on her album Trampin' and also reciting his poetry before some of her songs. Patricia Lee Smith ( born December 30 1946 is an American Singer-songwriter and poet Trampin is an album by Patti Smith, released April 27, 2004. It was the first album Smith released on the Columbia Records label It can be heard, for instance, on the Land compilation, where she recites "The Lamb" before breaking into the song "Boy Cried Wolf". Land is a two disc Compilation album by Patti Smith, released March 19, 2002 on Arista Records.
Members of Seattle-based indie rock band The Blakes  claims to have been influenced by the work of William Blake. Bass player and vocalist Snow Keim mentions being particularly inspired by a Blake exhibit at the Huntington Museum in California.