William Blake was born in London in 1757. Though his work went largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now regarded as one of the progenitors of English Romanticism, and one of the most influential English poets. Blake had received visions since his youth, which informed the visual art and poetry that he would produce until his death in 1827.
The Poetry Path is made possible through a partnership with Battery Park City Authority, partners in design and fabrication of the Poetry Path, with additional support from our Outreach Partner, Goldman Sachs. Special thanks to the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation for funding the Poetry Path planning process, and to the Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation for supporting Poetry Path educational initiatives for youth and children.