A Divine Image

By William Blake 1757–1827 William Blake
Cruelty has a Human Heart
And Jealousy a Human Face 
Terror the Human Form Divine 
And Secrecy, the Human Dress 

The Human Dress, is forged Iron 
The Human Form, a fiery Forge. 
The Human Face, a Furnace seal'd 
The Human Heart, its hungry Gorge.

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Poet William Blake 1757–1827

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Friends & Enemies, The Body, Nature, Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

Poetic Terms Metaphor, Imagery, Aphorism

 William  Blake

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In his Life of William Blake (1863) Alexander Gilchrist warned his readers that Blake "neither wrote nor drew for the many, hardly for work'y-day men at all, rather for children and angels; himself 'a divine child,' whose playthings were sun, moon, and stars, the heavens and the earth." Yet Blake himself believed that his writings were of national importance and that they could be understood by a majority of men. Far from being . . .

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SUBJECT Friends & Enemies, The Body, Nature, Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Metaphor, Imagery, Aphorism

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