Analysis Of Poetry And Religion By Les Murray

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Analysis of “Poetry and Religion” by Les Murray. Poetry is an imaginative awareness expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response. It is also an ancient form that has gone through numerous and drastic reinvention over time. The nature of poetry as an authentic and individual mode of expression makes it nearly impossible to define. While religion is a collection of cultural systems, belief systems, and worldviews that establishes symbols that relate humanity to spiritual and, sometimes, to moral values. The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faith of belief system, but religion differs from private belief in that it has a public aspect. Like poetry, religion is organized. In the poem “Poetry and Religion”, by Les Murray, he implores the similarity of poetry and religion. The poem begins with the statement “ Religions are poems”, line 1,that shows the similarity between them. It further goes on to say, “They concert our daylight and dreaming mind…”, lines 1 and 2. In our view , they coordinate or concert as used in the poem, our forms of consciousness: meaning when we are awake and asleep. In line 6, “…nothing’n true that figures in words only.” , speaks of the meaning of religion without people. With reference to holy books, example; the Bible, Quran, and others,there are rules to live by written in words. These rules would be utterly useless without persons in the belief to follow in actions or, more so, to carry out the religious act. Les Murray in his poem, “ Poetry and Religion”, is trying to make readers aware of the relationship between poetry and religion. He uses different scenarios to make it clear to readers, which the literary device, personification is used a number of times. A great similarity in poetry and religion is the repetition of love, ‘ Full religion is the large poem

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