A Visit to William Blake's Inn Characters

Nancy Willard
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William Blake

Although none of the characters in these poems is developed in the usual narrative sense, by hearing their voices and by watching the few actions that are revealed, and by looking at the illustrations, the reader may make some conclusions about them. William Blake, for example, is the owner of the inn named after him. The reader meets Blake in the introductory story by Nancy Willard. Her babysitter reads her "Tyger, Tyger, burning bright" and later sends her a copy of Blake's poems with an inscription from who knows? Blake himself? Poem one introduces Blake as the owner of the inn. He is revealed as a powerful character, who tames beasts, names stars, and provides rest for weary travelers. He is in charge of two dragons, who cook for him. He is acquainted with angels with wash and shake the featherbeds. He stands at the door welcoming...

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