William Blake: Facts and Information - Primary Facts Oct 25, 2013Here are some facts about William Blake. William Blake was an English poet and painter, and one of the most important figures of the Romantic Age. He has been voted 38 in a list of 100 greatest Britons. During his lifetime Blake was considered to be eccentric and even insane, by most people. He has Popular Articles · About William Blake Facts for Kids - Kiddle encyclopedia William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, visionary, painter, and printmaker was born in London and died there. During his lifetime he was not very well known. Today Blake's work is thought to be important in the history of both poetry and the visual arts. Blake's first collection of poems, Poetical Sketches, was printed around 1783.