The Revelation of Social Reality in the Poetry of William Blake


  • Yilin Wang



William Blake; Social Reality; Romanticism; Poetry.


As one of the most outstanding representatives of the Pre-Romanticism poet in the 18th century English literature, William Blake lived through and witnessed an era of great political and social upheaval and transitional period: the American War of Independence, the French Revolution, and the Industrial Revolution which brought significant and essential impact on social and historical progress in England. Coming from the social injustices and the coverage of the dark side of industrial England, Blake caught the pulse of his times through his sharp and deep insight, condemned the oppression and exploitation derived from the authority, tyranny and church, and also called on the oppressed to shatter “the mind-forged manacles” come from the ruling class. In this paper, I want to introduce and interpret the revelation of social reality in the poetry of William Blake by analyzing some of Blake’s poems in terms of main ideas, rhetorical devices, and historical contexts which are underlay and concealed in his poetry deeply.


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How to Cite

Wang, Y. (2022). The Revelation of Social Reality in the Poetry of William Blake. BCP Education & Psychology, 7, 392–399.