In The Divine Image from The Songs of Innocence, Blake is addressing Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love. This poem takes all four aspects and individually connects them to the aspects of humanity; where “Mercy has a human heart” which is personifying an emotion (l. 9). To “Pity, a human face / And Love, the human form divine. / And Peace the human dress” where each individual aspect is a relation to God and how humans were created through emotions and tempted by sins (ll.10-12). After reading the footnote of line 11, it becomes clear that Blake is, in a modern sense, throwing shade at Love of humans by referencing it to an animalistic form of being. He is demonstrating how humans only turn to God when they are in a bind, and when nothing happens they turn to a eviler power such as the devil which makes God vanish. In the final stanza of the poem, Blake references how “God is dwelling too” which is to enforce the idea that we are not alone and all, including God have once felt these emotions (l. 20). In The Human Abstract fromThe Songs of Experience, Blake is taking Pity and Mercy and providing connections that show how simple life would be if they were not connected to a single aspect. It is separating the human life from the divine life itself, whereas in the previous poem they were related and connected in convictoni. Blake asserts that humans questioning faith is where the Devil enters the playing field. It all starts in the head and by its growing uncertainty the Devil feeds off of it to stuck your roots in the depth of corruption that lead to Hell. It is not apparent to see the connection to these two poems when individually read because they are polar opposites of one another. On the one hand one is, as I interpreted it, about taking human emotions and attributing them to God himself. It is also about how the Devil can deceive his way into one’s mind and fill it with fears that lead to God vanishing and you’re stuck “walking around with the Devil talking on both shoulders”. Where the other, in my opinion, is tearing down the concept of the Devil making God vanish and placing the root of it into the mind of the perceiver.

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-Alina Cantero