Amazing Grace Essay

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Amazing Grace Cheryl Alcala English 122 Introduction to Literature Hope Umansky October 30, 2012 Have you ever read a poem that made you just sit and think? Well” Amazing Grace” by John Newton makes me sit and think every time I hear or read it. This poem shows great depth and meaning. I intend to show you my perspective on this poem and its content. Then you can decide how this poem makes you feel. Amazing Grace is a poem that every person no matter who they are has heard at least once. It is a famous poem turned hymn and is well known. What captured me about this poem was the content and wording along with symbolism that John Newton uses. Newton was at one time the captain of a slave ship. A ship that carried many Africans to America, where they were then sold as slaves. Let’s start with the first stance : "Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. Here” Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound” Newton is saying that Amazing Grace is a sweet sound. To him I feel that is a sound of the freedom of his soul.” That saved a wretch like me.” A wretch is defined as a” miserable person : one who is profoundly unhappy or in great misfortune” and “a base, despicable, or vile person. (Merriam Webster 2012) Therefore, Newton is unhappy and miserable. Maybe he feels that because of what he has done he is despicable. Then he says,” I once was lost but now am found.” The symbolism of his faith is evident here. As a man who considered himself forgiven by God of his sins so therefore, he was now saved. “Was blind but now I see.” What I feel is being said here is once he was saved his eyes were opened to all the pain and suffering along with death that he had been a part of. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did

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