William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

A Divine Image - Poem by William Blake

Cruelty has a human heart,
And Jealousy a human face;
Terror the human form divine,
And Secresy the human dress.

The human dress is forged iron,
The human form a fiery forge,
The human face a furnace sealed,
The human heart its hungry gorge.

Comments about A Divine Image by William Blake

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (10/15/2018 3:40:00 AM)

    Cruelty, jealousy, terror, human face. as always Blake was a divine poet........ He influenced me very much during my literature classes....... thank u dear poet. you are in heaven..... please think of me when you go to the throne of God......... tony (Report) Reply

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  • (8/21/2018 4:50:00 AM)

    I see many misconceptions of this poem below. This is not some harsh critique of humanity, nor is it Blake denying the divines presence in humanity. It is the recognition of the wholeness of the divine. The wholeness of man. In this Blake accepts cruelty, jealousy, terror, and so on as essential products of mans divine essence. (Report) Reply

  • (6/8/2018 4:59:00 AM)

    His poems and quotes are really really fab. And heart touching for me... (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (5/29/2018 11:07:00 PM)

    The human dress is forged iron,
    The human form a fiery forge,
    The human face a furnace sealed,
    The human heart its hungry gorge.
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  • (4/26/2018 12:16:00 PM)

    William Blake poems and quotes is heart touching (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2018 9:10:00 AM)

    this is FABULOUSSSS and it ias amazing and oooohhhhh my god i love iot babes yes (Report) Reply

  • (12/24/2017 7:18:00 AM)

    True thoght (Report) Reply

  • (10/14/2017 9:48:00 PM)

    Not very flattering to the human species.
    Well written and true,
    We are not vey good creatures
    Me and You!
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    (12/14/2017 11:04:00 AM)

    Trash quote

  • (10/4/2016 1:55:00 PM)

    To close to reality specially in now days (Report) Reply

  • Zoila T. Flores (10/2/2016 6:43:00 PM)

    Divine Image
    So, I do have a different description of a Divine Image. And, Yes. I saw Him, I Swear! ! !
    Zoila T. Flores
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  • Mizzy ........ (8/31/2016 2:30:00 PM)

    So much in such a small poem.....not a word wasted! (Report) Reply

  • Ludolf Dauphin (7/30/2016 4:10:00 PM)

    Wow, so true of humanity.. Blake was a genius. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/20/2015 6:24:00 AM)

    A true description of human nature..............I liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Sagnik Chakraborty (2/13/2015 1:21:00 AM)

    When the world is at war with itself, this poem by Blake is relevant more than ever. I love the stark yet beautiful imagery. (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (1/12/2015 10:02:00 AM)

    Though this poem was penned long ago, it is gaining more relevance each passing day. (Report) Reply

  • Maria C. Pires Costa (11/5/2014 8:07:00 AM)

    The second stanza does encompass powerful imagery, in my view. (Report) Reply

  • Maria C. Pires Costa (11/5/2014 8:06:00 AM)

    The second stanza does encompass powerful imagery, in my view. (Report) Reply

  • (7/4/2014 1:57:00 AM)

    great poem by great poet (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2014 9:53:00 AM)

    Human face a furnace sealed the description in the poem is so much interested to read. The great poet and great poem. (Report) Reply

  • (2/13/2013 11:52:00 PM)

    The secret to unlocking this poem, 'A Divine Image' by William Blake is in the title. Blake correctly reminds that it is declared in Genesis that mankind, humanity was created in the divine image of God, our alleged perfect creator. Both quatrains of this poem immediately declare a denial any perfection or divine image, in the state of fallen humanity.
    Blake focuses totally upon dark images and faults within people, who deny love compassion forgiveness kindness; and this theme of an inability to love, a passion to hate, is the entire theme and meaning of the poem. Failures in the character of base humans, are described as a succinct list, of several of the most despicable treacherous, human characteristics; listed as Cruelty, Jealousy, Terror and Secresy in the first quatrain. Each characteristic is capitalized for emphasis and used to describe the condition of the human heart, face, form and dress of the fallen state of humanity.
    Blake declares we secretly hide our motives intentions deceits behind clothes, meant to symbolize our evolved civilization, but in reality necessary after the fall of Adam and Eve, created in God's image divine, but now estranged from the divine. The next stanza focuses upon negative aspects of the human condition; clothes or the dress, 'forged iron', form 'a fiery forge', face 'a furnace sealed' and lastly 'The human heart its hungry gorge'. The last emphasis is the terrible greed of humanity, consuming, feeding upon insatiable lust, devouring. The symbolism strongly suggests warfare, forged weapons of iron, the conquest of armies in hate, cruelty; yet perhaps to beat swords into plough shares. The genius, mastery of Blake, is to say so much, imply so much more through title and symbolism. An excellent example of a highly crafted succinct poem rich in extended metaphors. William Blake is one of my favourite poets and artists.
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    (11/16/2017 2:22:00 PM)

    You are something else Terence, I would be happy to be as wise as you. Never mind William Blake.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

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