”THE flow. This somehow suggests that once

”THE LATEST DECALOGUE” is a poem written by Arthur Hugh Clough, which demonstrates how persons of different religions (Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish) stop showing importance to God. They stop being faithful and begin to make a mockery of the Teb Commandments. Clough goes through all Commandments and adds a sense if humour himself.”Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” highlights that people with faith try to convince the other to revalue what they stand for. The purpose of the poem is to reveal the contrast between the Victorian supposed morals (”Bear not false witness” 1.17) and the Victorian actions (”let the lie have time on itw own wings to fly” 1.17-18), between the image of themselves and their true morality. According to Clough the Victorians were hypocrites, ”they hide their modern selves below a traditional outer shell”.People turn into very selfish individuals. In the search for money and social statute they are withdrawing from the spirituality of religion. The religious acts are now seen as being a matter of keeping the appearance: ”Swear not at all; since for thy curse/Thine enemy is not the worse/At church on Sunday to attend/Will help to keep the world thy friend/Here he says that people should frequent the Church once a week, but not for any religious or spiritual reason, just for ”society approval and keeping the appearances”.”Adultery it is not fitOr safe, for women, to commitThou shalt not steal; an empty featWhen ’tis so lucrative to cheatThe author puts together two sins, the act of cheating (adultery) and the act of lying as being intertwined. He even suggests, as a matter of irony and criticism, that once someone has lied, he or she should better let it flow. This somehow suggests that once a rule in the Decalogue is broken, they all go one by one. There’s disappointment in the lack of humanity and respect towards religion and spirituality. People living in the Victorian Age are greedy, sinners. Their aspirations are no longer spiritual and positive towards each other, but material and destructive.