The poem “Upon the Burning of our House,” by Anne Bradstreet, was in many ways one of the most devout showings of Puritanism. Bradstreet makes many allusions to the bible, as well as to God himself. The poem proves that all in the world is temporary in the eyes of God, but only as a test for our faith in him. Bradstreet uses both allusion, and inverted syntax to show just how temporary mundane items are. These two literary devices are also used to create the dramatic setting of the poem and form the ideas of Puritan values.
Just like how we can deduce something about an artist by looking at his work of art. And this approach to express human understanding is something we possibly do on a daily basis unknowingly, the idea of using evidence to working backwards in order to derive information. And so this approach seems practical. Moreover, through myths we can express a human understanding of God because of the truths they portray and the fact that it takes us closer to the religious nature of belief. And so if poetry is the way to express understanding of a love affair, then perhaps myth in religion is best seen as an expression of the truth of faith to the believer, written from the perspective of faith.
Whitman's poem is really long it has a lot of symbolism, imagery, descriptions and whatever else you can name. It’s easy to become distracted by the many details of the poem, but with reasonable attention you can infer the underlying message he is trying to get across. This has to do of course, with his whole philosophy of the "self". Although his poem is told from his point of view and uses and some references to his own life, this "self' is not referring to only Whitman. It is a general reference to humanity as a whole.
Firstly, Donne's poetry is highly distinctive and individual, adopting a multitude of images. The poem offers elaborate parallels between apparently dissimilar things, “Then as th’ earth’s inward narrow crooked lanes, Do purge sea water’s fretful salt away,” (Donne, Lines 6-7) Donne's poem expresses a wide variety of emotions and attitudes, as if Donne himself were trying to define his experience of love through his poetry. Although, “The Triple Fool” gives a limited view of Donne’s attitude towards love, Donne treats the poem as a part of experience, giving insight into the complex range of experiences concerning love and grief, “I thought, if I could draw my pains through rhyme's vexation, I should them allay.” (Donne, Lines 8-9) Overall, the imagery in “The Triple Fool,” contributes to Donne’s sorrowful diction of love and grief. Moreover, Donne explains that poetry is for love and grief, and not for pleasing things, but songs make love and grief even worse. The first verse of the poem states that he is two times a fool, a fool for loving, and a fool for admitting it, “I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry.” (Donne, Lines 1-3) Donne follows to say that he would still not be wise, even if “she” (Donne, Line 5) returned his love.
Abigail Shih 04//16/13 AP Literature and Composition Ms. Schwartz The human body is a very personal entity that has always been perceived differently throughout human history. In every different era, society and religion have constructed unique ideas about how one should relate to the human body and what it means to be a healthy individual. Due to the multiple viewpoints on how we view the mind, body and soul, there are many clashing opinions. Walt Whitman and John Keats are two very esteemed poets whose views on the human condition are polar opposites. Keats in his poem “Ode to a Nightingale” uses precise diction to illustrate his morbid view on the body, seeing it as a decaying shell while in Whitman celebrates the body in “I Sing the Body Electric” through the use of repetition.
The Crumb Of Dust Edward Taylor’s message to the reader speaks a Puritan based respect for God; and an understanding that without His divine inspiration, Taylor’s work is worthless and unfit to praise God. Taylor is constantly talking to God throughout Prologue. It is the basis of the poem which displays Taylor’s devotion as a Puritan. His puritan background is important for the reader to understand, both why Taylor wrote Prologue and the meaning behind it. Puritan influence meant two things; there wasn’t much else Taylor would’ve been doing other than writing poems and that he had extreme devotion to God.
In Robert Pack’s poem, “An Echo Sonnet,” literary devices are used which gives meaning to the poem certainly the most bulging being that of an echoed voice. Throughout the sonnet, the echoes answers to the speaker’s questions serve as a religious meaning speaking to those who ask questions. The speaker begins to ask questions such as “must I master joy or grief?” and other questions that leads the audience/reader to believe that the narrator is confused as to what his purpose in life is. On the other hand, Pack adds the literary technique of an echoed voice that leads the way. By using this device, it seems as though the narrator is representative of most people who are not sure of their reason for life, and the voice is coming from a God-like figure.
It relates to too many aspects, to fully grasp a full understanding of the poem. The poem overall is mystical and the themes represented in this poem are religion, confusion, and escape, and these are presented in a special way to show how interesting the poem is and how much of a reality check it gives to people living outside this way of life. The message shows that never be complaisant as you don’t know what might
Huswifery Poem Essay Much of Taylor’s work was not recognized when it was first written. One of his pieces of literature that has become well known is “Huswifery.” When most writers express their feeling and outlook on God it puts them in an awkward position. What makes Edward Taylor’s poetry unique is his relationship with God. In the poem “Huswifery”, by Taylor, he uses figurative language, analogies, diction, and repetition of the word “make” to show that individuals can attain religious grace through their own efforts versus the belief that some attain a free gift from God. Taylor uses figurative language, diction, and analogies throughout the poem.
Professor Munoa Religion 220 March 12, 2013 Psalm 28 Unique in composition, the book of Psalms earned the nickname the book of songs. Each Psalm integrates poetic devices that enable its messages to the people of God. Psalm 28 uses internal parallelism as its poetic device, which means that in each verse there is a correspondence between one line and another, thus simplifying religious interpretation. Psalm 28’s opening verse uses the characteristics of synthetic parallelism, the further development of the preceding thought. Line two reads “my rock, do not refuse to hear me” which becomes a clear and complete thought as the concluding lines explain the fate he will suffer if God does not answer his plea.