William Fake

‘Two Sunflowers Move into the Yellow Room’ is a poem widely attributed to 19th century English poet, William Blake, a seminal Romantic poet who has gone on to inspire writers like Yeats, Ginsberg, and Phillip Pullman. The first two lines go:

“Ah, William, we’re weary of weather,”

said the sunflowers, shining with dew.

Hmm. You would be right in thinking that something was a little amiss. Recently a Hertfordshire school librarian revealed that the poem was in fact penned in the United States in the 1980s, by a Nancy Willard – a writer of children’s picture books. (Okay, so the poem did appear in a collection entitled A Visit to William Blake’s Inn but still…)

The fake Blake poem has been thought to have gained ground since 2001, appearing in online discussion forums and multiple websites – including being used by education syllabuses in Texas and Louisiana that promote the poem as a supposed work by Blake.

Thomas Pitchford is currently on a quest to notify the ‘offending’ establishments, lest any more innocent children experience this knock-off poem.

via BBC News, credit to JM (@TheGaffaTape)

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