as he recognises the qualities of God found in each person, consisting of “mercy, pity, peace and love”. This shows that Blake was a strong believer in equality and was aware that everyone held the same status, regardless of their economical position, for “every man, of every dime” were viewed the same by the God they all worshiped. Blake seems to relate and appreciate the “human form divine” the most, referring to Jesus Christ as He is adored in the illumination. Clothed and having a halo painted around Jesus’ head signifies His high status differentiating Him from the two people presented, who lay naked below. But the relaxed posture and stance of the naked people shows that Blake is comfortable in Jesus’ presence as he shares the same values of equality and social justice. The image of the extended branches and angels twinned on top resemble the description of the vision Blake had on the field of Peckham Rye, as he “sees a tree shimmering” resembling angels. Gold is heavily used to enforce the idea of divinity and holiness, not just in God Himself, but the people or angels above who lean in and embrace are also painted in gold, showing the richness in love and peace. Blake loses sight of love and peace as his judgement becomes heavily clouded by mercy and pity in the first stanza of the companion poem ‘Human Abstract’. Blake suggests that pity and mercy “would be no more” if poverty and discrimination were abolished. However, Blake blames society “[making] somebody Poor” both financially and in will, allowing the rest of the community to selfishly feel pitiful and merciful for their own moral gain, highlighting the faults in society. But since the majority of society is contrived from religious beliefs, Blake also blames religion for imposing “mutual fears”, forcing people to follow a regime so that they appear moral and good. This has an ongoing chain effect which is mimicked by each rhyming couplet. People who “waters the ground with tears” have been induced by the fears of hellfire, concepts developed by the “Human Brain”. It is therefore no other than mankind’s fault for creating a world of fear and deceit as the subject in the poem had created ambiguity and “Mystery”. From this, rumors regarding black magic, symbolised by the “raven” had immersed, creating further fear. As a result, Blake is showing that these superstitions are all here-say and do not have any relation to religion, but it is the human brain who had associated the two, producing a culture which had tarnished traditional and just religion.
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