William Blake was an English painter, poet and print-maker is considered a pioneering figure in the history of poetry of the Romantic Age. Influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American Revolutions, most of Blake’s poetry blossomed on the 18th century thereby characterizing his work as part of the Romantic movement and “Pre-Romantic”. Blake’s writing style changed drastically over the years. His early poetry strongly brings out the protest against dogmatic religions whereas his later poems depict private mythology with complex symbolism where he emphasizes the notions of self-sacrifice and forgiveness as the road to interior wholeness. Blake’s 19th century “free love” movement got him railed against traditional Christian notions of chastity as a virtue. Let’s celebrate this legendary poet and his poetic genius.
A Divine Image
Cruelty has a human heart,
And Jealousy a human face;
Terror the human form divine,
And Secresy the human dress.
The human dress is forged iron,
The human form a fiery forge,
The human face a furnace sealed,
The human heart its hungry gorge.
I wander thro’ each charter’d street,
Near where the charter’d Thames does flow.
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.
In every cry of every Man,
In every Infants cry of fear,
In every voice: in every ban,
The mind-forg’d manacles I hear
How the Chimney-sweepers cry
Every blackning Church appalls,
And the hapless Soldiers …Read more »
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I remember reading this poems years back.
While I was going through this poem, I came across an interesting trivia about this guy.
Got to share it here –
‘Blake claimed to have mystical visions throughout his life. When he was 4 years old, he said he saw God put his head up to the window, and at age 9 he witnessed a tree full of …Read more »
Haha I thought it he was under the influence of opium like Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 😀
Great poetry often happens when one is out of his mind.
Well, we have a proof here 😉
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