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Following the trail of the `Tyger' poet

A London exhibition on William Blake traces his centuries of influence.

January 12, 2007|From the Associated Press

LONDON — The British Library has put on display the notebook in which William Blake wrote one of his most famous poems, "The Tyger," to mark the 250th anniversary year of the English poet and artist's birth.

The British Library also has posted online a digital version of Blake's manuscript notebook, in which he made sketches and drafted his poems for more than 30 years.

The original notebook is on display at the library in London alongside work of modern writers inspired by his work, including part of Philip Pullman's manuscript for "The Amber Spyglass," whose main character was inspired by Blake's poem, "The Little Girl Lost."

Writer Tracy Chevalier and musician, poet and artist Patti Smith also donated works inspired by Blake, who was born on Nov. 28, 1757.

"The achievements of William Blake were largely unrecognized in his own lifetime, but his creative legacy lives on," the British Library said in a statement.

"This exhibition showcases Blake's astonishing creativity and his contribution to the work of contemporary artists and writers, 250 years later."

The exhibition, "William Blake: Under the Influence," will continue at the library until March 21.

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