For ages now, I've been noticing how many artists seem to have been inspired by the poems and artwork of William Blake. Perhaps this phenomenon is related to the types of music I choose to listen to, perhaps not; since I intend to focus on him for a while, guess I'll be finding out!
Blake was an extremely interesting individual, a philosopher/visionary, artist and poet who was overlooked in his lifetime which was from 1757 to 1827. Two hundred years down the line, it's quite remarkable that he should pop up so often in popular music! For ease of reference, he's the author of "The Tyger".
Because I've been listening to Gordon Giltrap lately – the first example that comes to mind is his Visionary – the whole album was inspired by Blake's artworks and his words. Mr Giltrap is an acoustic and electric guitarist and composer whose work spans several genres.