Tuesday, January 16, 2007

William Blake Exhibition

Notebook of William Blake showing "The Poison Tree"
British Library, London

The British Library have a new exhibition called 'Under the Influence' (until March).

The centrepiece of the exhibition is Blake's notebook, which he used to record sketches and draft his poems for over thirty years.

The dense, closely-filled pages provide a fascinating insight into Blake's compositional process, and allow us to follow - line by line, correction by correction- the genesis of some of his best-known work.

To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Blake's birth, the British Library has used its award-winning Turning the Pages technology to create an interactive version of the manuscript

See here and here.