William Blake believes that at one point there existed a universal man who was the perfect unity of man, god and nature with a mind where reason and imagination co-existed as one. He refers to this image as Albion, or the Human Form Divine and believes that it can be reunited through poetic imagination, also known as Los. In Blake’s poem, “The Divine Image” and “The Human Abstract”, from the Songs of Innocence, Blake’s persona reconnects god and man to form the Divine Image, through personification of the abstract ideas mercy, pity, peace and love.
In the poem, the persona presents four “virtues of delight”: Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love (3). He says that all people pray to these virtues in times of distress and return a thank you for what the virtues have given them. He states that these four virtues are found in our god. Yet they are virtues that are found in man too. Mercy is found in the human heart. Pity is found in the human face. Love is found in the divine human form. Peace can be found in the human appearance. So by process of association, when men pray to god in thankfulness, they are praying back to their human form. And no matter what, all men must love each other because inside each man resides god.
The poem is composed of 5 quatrains. Through the poem the lines have four beats, then three beats alternating every other line. This creates a flow for the piece, giving it a rhythm, beat and canter. That stimulates another sense, hearing, and makes it aesthetically pleasing to listen to since it is a song. As a song of innocence, the poem has a sense of rhythm and fluidity is created making it sound more like a song or hymn. The following lines have a rhyme scheme of ABAB with the first and third line having eight syllables in them and the second and fourth line having six syllables in them:
Then every man of every clime,
That prays in his distress
Prays to the human form divine,
Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace. 13-16
Throughout the poem,...