Quote: I was angry with my friend: / I told my wrath, my wrath did end. / I was angry with my foe: / I told it not, my wrath did grow. (From "A Poison Tree")
Analysis: Blake comments on the need to be honest and open with emotions, that harboring ill will toward any, even a foe, poisons the thinker, who then outwardly produces poison. Blake's philosophy on releasing negative energy comes centuries before Hale Dwoskin's Sedona Method.
Quote: For Mercy has a human heart, / Pity a human face, / And Love, the human form divine, / And Peace, the human dress.
Analysis: "The Divine Image" from Songs of Innocence expresses the divine nature inherent in every human being.
Quote: Cruelty has a human heart / And jealousy a human face, / Terror the human form divine, / And secrecy the human dress.
Analysis: The opening stanza of "A Divine Image" from Songs of Experience is an ironic title for a poem dealing with inherent evil possessed by humans. Those things which we consider evil and for which the devil responsible is manifested through human frailty and weakness.
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