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

  • (11/19/2018 1:49:00 PM)


    Aah, human nature.. I try to have faith, but... (Report) Reply

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  • (11/19/2018 1:47:00 PM)


    The Divine image is really something, the author, Thomas Harris, used it in his novel Red Dragon. Along with Blake's painting, the great Red Dragon and the woman clothed with the sun. Phew! He was very gifted. (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2018 1:39:00 PM)


    Very powerful stuff, phew! Must have been an interesting guy. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • (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.
    (Report) Reply

  • (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!
    (Report) Reply

    (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! ! !
    Greetings,
    Zoila T. Flores
    (Report) Reply

  • 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

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 9, 2001


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