A Divine Image

JonathanMcNair on January 04, 2011 14:59

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    The fourth of 4 songs in the set "A Divine Image," on poetry by William Blake, for mezzo-soprano and piano. This song was composed not long after the invasion of Iraq by the US-led coalition forces, and at a time when secrecy had reached new levels in the US government. It uses as a melodic basis a chant melody "Kyrie fons bonitatis", a Phrygian-mode tune for the "Lord have mercy" text.

    The poem "A Divine Image", is the bookend for the opening song in the set, "The Divine Image," which takes a positive outlook on the divine attributes of mercy, pity, peace, and love in humanity. However, in this last song of the set, those good qualities are replaced by cruelty, jealousy, terror and secrecy. The poem was apparently not included in the first publication of "Songs of Experience" to which it belongs.

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