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Divine Image analysis. 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.

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Introduction

The Divine Image Analysis - Naufal Hakim 13.3 This 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 mantra like quality, or perhaps rather like a nursery rhyme 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. ...read more.

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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. Perhaps Blake is trying to say that God is, in fact, a mental distorted 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' preaching. ...read more.

Conclusion

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. Blake does not explicitly talks about Christ in this poem, but rather the four virtues that Blake assigns alternately to man and God are the ones conventionally associated with Jesus. Because Christ was both God and man, he becomes the vehicle for Blake's mediation between the two. But the fact that he is given an abstract rather than a human figuration underscores the elaborate intellectualization involved in Christian doctrine. Blake himself favors a more direct identification between what is human and what is divine. Thus the companion poem in Songs of Experience, "The Human Abstract," goes further toward exposing the elaborate institutions of religion as mental confabulations that obscure rather than honor the true identity of God and man. ...read more.

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