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In Williams Blakes poem The Divine Image he confines the characteristics of the Romantic period through his emotions, imagination, and human expressiveness.

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Per. 3 Mr. Harville The Divine Image Romantic poetry expresses the self - originating and emotional poetry of the Romantic period. In William Blake's life, he had an ever so mind changing an occurrence. After William Blake became married, he had an altercation with a man, John Schofield. After Schofield pressed charges and Blake was acquitted, Blake carried the burden of the threats and curses from the trial with Schofield. The trial disturbed Blake's imagination and forced his style to change to radical religious, moral, and political opinions. Blake simply used poetry and art to express his new found "Spiritual sense" (Abrams 1408). Blake uses his new spiritual sense to radically interpret the Bible. After analyzing "The Divine Image" one can clearly conclude that this poem comes from the Romantic period. In Williams Blake's poem "The Divine Image" he confines the characteristics of the Romantic period through his emotions, imagination, and human expressiveness. In Romantic poetry, a poet must write from his emotion ultimately creating self-originating poem. ...read more.

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Romantic poetry emphasizes "the free activity of the imagination" (Abrams 1321). Blake "regards his imagination as the divine source, the creator" (Britton 179). Blake also considers "Belief" as the act of creation and "Self- doubt" as the act of destruction (Britton 179). The ability to use the imagination enables everyone to have a free spirit and write about the feeling in your heart or mind. Blake utilizes his imagination by using the four virtues usually associated with Jesus to further prove that God and man are similar. He personifies Jesus's virtues to man to vividly illustrate that Jesus "Becomes the vehicle for Blake's mediation between" God and man (Janjua 14). Although Blake does not overtly mention Christ in the poem Jesus becomes known as an abstract. Blake uses his imagination to incorporate Jesus as a conceptual figure in "the Divine Image" to prove the similarity of God and man. Blake even believes "Mental things alone are real" (Britton 180). The Divine Image not only emphasizes Blake's imagination, but also habitually bestows human expressiveness in the love of the human form. ...read more.

Conclusion

The insinuation of God " Being a mental creation reflects Blake's belief that all deities reside in the human breast" (Janjua 14). Whomever an individual worships to, they ultimately worship themselves as ideal humans creating a "brotherhood" of mankind ("analysis of William Blake"). In conclusion, Blake conveys the characteristics of the Romantic period through his emotions, Imagination, and human expressiveness. After the occurrence in William Blake's life that changed his style of writing, his work became vivid that all his art and poems were part of the Romantic period. Blake feels that the four virtues that describe God and human bring a sense of similarity between them. He also uses his imagination to use Jesus as a connection to between man and God. Blake also uses Human expressiveness to reveal that no mater what type of person we are or where we come from we all pray to the human form divine. God does not embody the four virtues but are his components. Overall, Blake expresses that humans embody the four virtues that we behold God as, so to pray to God essentially means to pray to all human forms. ...read more.

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