Hymn Poem Analysis Edgar Allen Poe

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The famous Edgar Allen Poe is known for is amazing literature and poetry, but also his pessimistic life of negative thoughts and depressed lifestyle. The worldly known writer has attempted suicide multiple times, is a raging alcoholic, and has written many depressing stories and poems. However ironically in Poe’s poem Hymn, written in 1835, he shows a positive attitude, and is extremely optimistic about his future. The poem Hymn is a sanguine poem, which explains Edgar Allen Poe’s optimistic mentality using his devotion to god. The poem Hymn shows how Poe is devoted to god. One day while on the street of a city, Poe heard a noon-bell ringing in a Jesuit church. In curiosity Poe went to the church, and found out it was a noon-time prayer which reflects Mary’s “Yes” announcement to the archangel Gabriel. This event inspired Poe to write this poem. In first two lines of the poem talks about the noon time prayer when Poe says “at noon” and finish’s the sentence with “Maria!” Poe’s devotion to god is also shown in the next two lines, where it says, “In joy and woe- in good and ill- Mother of god be with me still!” In these lines Poe is saying that in all the good and bad times he will have, he praises God to be with him, and to help him through his rough times. Lastly, Poe explains how his “grace” to god has led him to the bright things of “thine and thee” , in the seventh line of the poem. It is clear in the poem “Hymn”, that Poe has taken a new bright mentality with the devotion of god. Not only does Hymn explain Poe’s trust in his god, but also his new optimistic mentality of his future. This is clearly shown after signifying his devotion to god in line five, where Poe says that “the hours have flown brightly by, and not a cloud obscured the sky.” When Poe says not a cloud obscured the sky, he means that nothing bad has happened. The cloud represents the

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