William Blake, born in 1757, was a wise man, a great poet, artist and seer.
According to William Butler Yeats, he was also of Irish stock, originally bearing the name I share with him, ‘O’Neill’.
The story goes that Williams’ father married Catherine Blake and took her name to evade the shame associated with a being in a debtor’s prison.
These two lines from Blake, memorised when a child at school, have helped shape my life and influenced my perception of the world…
“A Robin Redbreast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.”
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