1] This poem is closely related to the poem in Songs of Experience called "The Human Abstract," which is the counterpart in experience to "The Divine Image" in Songs of Innocence (see above). A draft of "The Human Abstract," with the title "The Human Image," is also in the Rossetti MS. In Blake's thought "image" and "abstract" are the units of the creative and the anti-creative attitudes respectively.
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Original text: William Blake, Poems, ed. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1863).
First publication date: 1863
RPO poem editor: Northrop Frye
RP edition: 3RP 2.290.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/14
Composition date note: ca. 1793
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