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The Divine Image Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 1913

Songs of Innocence1789To Mercy Pity Peace and Love.

All pray in their distress:

And to these virtues of delight

Return their thankfulness.For Mercy Pity Peace and Love,

Is God our Father dear:

And Mercy Pity Peace and Love,

Is Man his child and care.For Mercy has a human heart

Pity, a human face:

And Love, the human form divine,

And Peace, the human dress.Then every man of every clime,

That prays in his distress,

Prays to the human form divine

Love Mercy Pity Peace,And all must love the human form.

In heathen, Turk or jew,

Where Mercy, Love and Pity dwell,

There God is dwelling too.






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in response to the Posted on 2009-10-01 | by a guest.
Muslims don\'t believe that Prophet Mohammed has any divine attributes and therefore he is not worship at all, hence The divine image can\'t be attributed to him. Muslim believe that the Prophet Mohammed was a human messenger similar to Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Divine attributes belong to god alone and that god should be called upon and worshiped alone without any mediators.

| Posted on 2013-04-21 | by a guest


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The Divine Image is five-stanza poem of mostly ABCB quatrains,the exception of this rhyme scheme are stanza 2, in which love is rhymed with itself and stanza 4 were \'clime\' and \'divine\'.The lines are alternately tetrameter and tri meter. It is sermon in verse.The quality of the poem is hymen-like.Blake express his feelings in the divinity of human nature.The poem deals with emotional powers of conventional christian faith and innocent belief in supreme,benevolent and protective God. The begning of the poem with abstract qualities (like four virtues mercy,pity,peace and love).The poem does not explicilty notion christ,but the four virtues that Blake assigns alternately to man and God are conventionally associated with Jesus.But according to my Religion God and man has not same qualities. Man can never be same or like God Almighty in qualities or anything else.We can\'t percive God as a phyical thing. GOD can never br equalivent to man. he is the Master of the world. i am agree with the last stanza because we should love all human beings whether he is Jew,Turk,or Heathen... but not to think that these have all the qualities like God and he bestowed upon us all these qualities.just to think that \"God love those who love His creations.
speLLING miSTAKEX,\"NevER mINd\".. :)
by:Laraib Sabir

| Posted on 2013-04-04 | by a guest


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The Divine Image is five-stanza poem of mostly ABCB quatrains,the exception of this rhyme scheme are stanza 2, in which love is rhymed with itself and stanza 4 were \'clime\' and \'divine\'.The lines are alternately tetrameter and tri meter. It is sermon in verse.The quality of the poem is hymen-like.Blake express his feelings in the divinity of human nature.The poem deals with emotional powers of conventional christian faith and innocent belief in supreme,benevolent and protective God. The begning of the poem with abstract qualities (like four virtues mercy,pity,peace and love).The poem does not explicilty notion christ,but the four virtues that Blake assigns alternately to man and God are conventionally associated with Jesus.But according to my Religion God and man has not same qualities. Man can never be same or like God Almighty in qualities or anything else.We can\'t percive God as a phyical thing. GOD can never br equalivent to man. he is the Master of the world. i am agree with the last stanza because we should love all human beings whether he is Jew,Turk,or Heathen... but not to think that these have all the qualities like God and he bestowed upon us all these qualities.just to think that \"God love those who love His creations.
speLLING miSTAKEX,\"NevER mINd\".. :)
by:Laraib Sabir

| Posted on 2013-04-04 | by a guest


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Totes my face poem Eva. Couldn\'t agree more Mohark ilybaby boi exohexoh

| Posted on 2011-10-10 | by a guest


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He is telling that God resides in human form by these virtues of mercy pity peace & love.Its a type of embodiment.They are the solid concrete virtues gifted by the creator to the human beings and they must be thankful to Him.

| Posted on 2011-10-04 | by a guest


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i have read this poem in my class and it have very deep meaning and very deep relation between GOD and HUMAN BING
and love to read it . it a awesome pome i ever read.

| Posted on 2011-05-16 | by a guest


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whenever i loss my peace due to problems of life sunny reminds me about this poem and says: \"harjot be cool\"

| Posted on 2010-12-08 | by a guest


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this poem is epic. i love it. my dad read it at my pops funeral. This poem makes me feel like everything is ok. I probably don't understand what the true meaning is but the truth is i just don't care because this poem is my safe place
xx phi

| Posted on 2010-05-26 | by a guest


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I think he trys to convince the reader that peace is the least meaningful of the four. In the last stanza he takes peace out.

| Posted on 2010-02-11 | by a guest


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The actual plate of this poem contains a bright streak of fire, twirling around that fire are vines. I feel that the streak of fire represents human life and the vines represent the balance of good vs evil in human life. Because the vines are not being burned by the fire, it shows that the evil is not strong enough to overcome the good, meaning that the human life force or 'essence' contains both a balance of good and evil.

| Posted on 2010-01-10 | by a guest


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To me this poem is not a religious statement in any way. To bring christian ideals into an interpretation is only due to the individual readers perception, which only further substantiates the fact that "god" is a creation of the human mind, not the other way around. If anything I see this poem as a very early argument against exclusionary religious belief systems.(my sentence structure is poor, sorry=) )

| Posted on 2009-12-06 | by a guest


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Dear Mehak. Its cool to be religious, so am I, its even cooler to keep an open mind and understand how other's feel. Thay way you can truly prove that your own religious viewings are in your opinion correct. In other words, take it down a notch.
Anyways, I believe the narrator is demonstrating that God is only man's creation. We give "God" personality traits, but if God is truly limitless, then he is indescribable, and therefore has no personality. Blake doesn't even mention Jesus Christ in this poem, or any allusion to him. In fact, any time we could possibly assume that he is Jesus, we could easily assume that he is the prophet Mohammed, King David or any other middle man in our connection to God. Regarding Blake's history, I believe that he is denouncing the common intrepretation of God, and that if there is a God, he is unlike anything that mankind has every encountered.
xx

| Posted on 2009-10-01 | by a guest


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The Divine Image by William Blake
In the piece of art the main theme is delivering the message of pity, peace, love and mercy. According to my perception Blake in this work of his has tried to convince people of the similarities between man and God Almighty. He has repeatedly stated that these virtues are practiced by man AND God. This isn't so.... A man can never be equivalent to God no matter how merciful or loving he becomes. A man can not have the qualities, the absolute authority, the powers of the GOD. Blake here has given God a physical form which isn't possible at all. We cannot limit God to just these four virtues. His image is vast and it's impossible for the human mind to absorb its magnificence.
A man does pray to God in all his distress and hard times but not his physical form. God cannot be given a physical form. According to me he also refers to Jesus Christ, but even Christ is not equal to God... he cannot be worshiped, it is so obvious the when Christ himself prayed to the one and only God then we have to do that as well.. Christ gave only one massage to the people on earth and that was pray to the one and only God.
Although in the last stanza Blake contradicts his statements and says the we must love all beings because every being is a reflection of God. and to satisfy our dear Lord we must act upon these four virtues only this way we can please him.
BY: Mehak

| Posted on 2009-08-29 | by a guest


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The Divine Image by William Blake
In the piece of art the main theme is delivering the message of pity, peace, love and mercy. According to my perception Blake in this work of his has tried to convince people of the similarities between man and God Almighty. He has repeatedly stated that these virtues are practiced by man AND God. This isn't so.... A man can never be equivalent to God no matter how merciful or loving he becomes. A man can not have the qualities, the absolute authority, the powers of the GOD. Blake here has given God a physical form which isn't possible at all. We cannot limit God to just these four virtues. His image is vast and it's impossible for the human mind to absorb its magnificence.
A man does pray to God in all his distress and hard times but not his physical form. God cannot be given a physical form. According to me he also refers to Jesus Christ, but even Christ is not equal to God... he cannot be worshiped, it is so obvious the when Christ himself prayed to the one and only God then we have to do that as well.. Christ gave only one massage to the people on earth and that was pray to the one and only God.
Although in the last stanza Blake contradicts his statements and says the we must love all beings because every being is a reflection of God. and to satisfy our dear Lord we must act upon these four virtues only this way we can please him.
BY: Mehak

| Posted on 2009-08-29 | by a guest


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Here is my analysis (I have done more on the two Chimney Sweeper poems. I decided to post this as the last post was rather dispiriting - it was copied from SparkNotes)
The Divine Image draws the comparable virtues of man and God together. The Divine Image is based on the conceptual notion that God created mankind in his image; therefore Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love are virtues that ‘all pray in their distress.’ It embodies the virtue that mankind must kindle; that ‘all must love the human form’, as God is a reflection of the human form. The human attributes are assigned to each virtue: ‘Mercy has a human heart’, ‘Pity a human face’, and ‘Peace the human dress.’ Blake describing Peace as a dress, a delusive veil, can be interpreted to be his conceding in the real world, whereby Peace is unrealistic. Christ is the template of this poem, as he is man and God, just as God is the human form divine. In terms of religious beliefs, the speaker decrees that all must love the human form, even ‘heathen, Turk or Jew’. This unity transpires many of Blake’s own beliefs regarding religion. The quatrains and rhyme pattern of ABCB (although it consists mainly of half rhymes) creates the feel of a hymn. The last stanza, where it mentions which virtues dwell, ceases to mention Peace; thus reinforcing the idea that Blake considers Peace to be implausible.

| Posted on 2009-04-27 | by a guest


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I love this poem.
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| Posted on 2009-04-17 | by a guest


.: my little analysis :.

The poem has 5 stanzas and it follows an ABCB rhyming pattern and an iambic rhythm which gives it an easy flow and a sense of naturalness (which is often found in songs and hymns). The simple vocabulary and short lines, as well as the lilting rhythm give the poem a hymn like quality, which resonates the spiritual content of the piece.
Blake is saying in this poem that we pray in times of distress and thank ‘God our father dear’ for his blessings. However, it seems in this poem that Blake is contemplating the form of God as well as his existence. He describes ‘Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love’ as ‘virtues of delight’ because they form the ‘divine image’ or God. In this interpretation, and the more orthodox Christian view, that God is the holder of these qualities.
However, what Blake seems to be saying within the third stanza is that, though unorthodox, these qualities are equivalent to a man’s by personifying them and relating them to the characteristics of a human. By doing this, Blake is trying to show that these aren’t just God’s qualities but his actual substance (his being). These virtues are what we think of God to be, and therefore, is God himself.
However looking more deeply into the poem, perhaps Blake has personified these characteristics because he is trying to say God is modelled on the ideal human (for we all aspire to be merciful, peaceful, loving and sympathetic). Blake says on line 15, “we pray to the human form divine”. This seems to be saying that when we pray, we pray to the ideal ‘human’ which means God is an image of man, rather than what the Bible promotes: that we are an image of God (Genesis). Perhaps Blake is trying to say that God is, in fact, a mental image.
However, this interpretation does seem to differ from Blake’s religious beliefs and now that I think about it, it doesn’t seem that Blake would have intended such a agnostic interpretation in his ‘innocence’ collection. Perhaps Blake is trying to express the idea of Jesus. Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love are all virtues of Jesus’s preaching. Also, by showing that God can be found in human characteristics (Stanza 3), he is trying to express Jesus as the mediator between God and Man. However, though there are references as Jesus being in human form (line 13 and 17), the rest of the poem remains quite abstract showing that it is difficult to distinguish between mortality and the divine.
The final stanza seems upbeat and pleasant - making the poem appropriate to innocence by saying that we “all must love the human form” because we are all an image of God, no matter our background or ethnicity (which is the traditional Christian view). Although the second from last line (“Where mercy, love and pity dwell, There God is dwelling too”) seems to contradict this view by saying that instead of us being a form of God, God can actually be found in us through these virtues.

| Posted on 2008-05-20 | by a guest


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Blakes reference to "the human dress" suggests the outward apperance of humanity implying this is unimportant compared to the intangible virtues of mankind. by saying we must love all "in heathen turk or jew" Blake wishes us to ignore racial prejudices and love all as we are all made in the vision of God

| Posted on 2008-01-03 | by a guest


.: The emotion, tension, or :.

The emotion, tension, or conflict in this poem is about the writer arguing against restrictive organized religions and for spirituality, without mocking and without a sceptical tone. He may be critising the church of the time, but it is only his opinion he is trying to put across. The preaching throughout the poem is to be aware of the senses as an argument commenting that man and God cannot be separated. Blake puts forward his solution for humanity in order for us to seek our creator.

| Posted on 2007-05-12 | by a guest


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This poem is about "Mercy" and "Love" to be necessary for the human form. William Blake believed that if God made us in his image, we should then pursue are surroundings and regard are belonging’s into our 'human form. Blake illustrates how these elements can be found in both the human form and the divine (God.)

| Posted on 2007-05-12 | by a guest


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You can get a full understanding of this poem only with the use of it's companion, "The Human Abstract". With analysis of that poem, you find the same thing said above, but with more meaning. Pay special attention to the word "Peace"

| Posted on 2007-02-12 | by a guest


.: The 'divine image.' :.

Blake visualised elements of "Mercy" and "Love" to be vital for the human form. Blake believed that if God made us in his image, we should pursue emcompassing these attributes into our 'human form.' Furthermore, Blake illustrates how these elementss can be found in both the human form and the divine (God.) Blake argues against restrictive organised religion and for spirituality, without mocking and without a cynical tone. He may be critising the church of the time, but it is only his opinion put across. The sermon-like preaching throughout the poem can be percieved as an arguement commenting that man and God cannot be seperated. Blake puts forward his solution for humanity in order for us to seek the "human form divine" (to be like our creator.) - emmaainsley@btopenworld.com

| Posted on 2005-05-09 | by Approved Guest




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