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,
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Comments about A Divine Image by William Blake

  • (12/24/2017 7:18:00 AM)

    True thoght (Report) Reply

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  • (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

  • (6/8/2017 7:36:00 PM)

    Wow. That's all I can say. It's amazing! (Report) Reply

  • (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.

  • (2/13/2013 5:48:00 PM)

    I think he is telling us not to put down blame for all bad things to the temptation of the Devil, but to accept responsibility for our dark side.
    Also it can mean not to dehumanise our enemies, which we like to do so that we can justify our revenge.
    How often have we heard the phrase 'cruel and inhuman'? Yet we know that cruelty is human.
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  • (2/13/2013 8:53:00 AM)

    you must possess a fiery character
    to survive this new age. if you blink
    you miss something nowadays. why
    this poets predicting my culture. were
    they space travelers.
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  • (2/13/2013 5:42:00 AM)

    Inside every human is a fiery complex spirit, where the fight between our good and evil thoughts occur. Sometimes we can be very cruel even while thinking we are being so good or doing so good. Our faces and dress can hide these conflictions within quite well. Many times we allow our hearts to do our thinking for us, sometimes it is good and sometimes it can allow us to be suckered into lies. The heart is always hungry for love and with that will always come a willingness to accept even a lying tongue. Whether one yearns for love, or fame, or power, or money, we tend to see and justify ourselves as having good intent, when sometimes we know that's not at all true.

    A very good poem by Blake, the master who makes one think. Though I feel it's structure is not as good as many of His poems are.
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  • Rob Hoeben (11/10/2012 2:59:00 PM)

    Secresy is old spelling and not wrong. (Report) Reply

  • (2/13/2012 9:58:00 PM)

    cool poem....but I will say secresy is spelled wrong...It's secrecy. Sorry, had to correct that....I'm bad to correct misspelled words when I catch it...So, forgive me on that part. (Report) Reply

    (11/16/2017 2:24:00 PM)

    That word might not have been misspelled at the time he wrote it.

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