The Metaphors of Edward Taylor

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Edward Taylor is an American colonial pastor and poet. Taylor mainly used his writings and sermons to talk about his belief in God. Taylor believed strongly in John Calvin’s philosophy of TULIP. TULIP stands for total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints. One of Taylor’s main rhetorical strategies in his writing is his utilization of metaphor. In “Meditation One,” he discusses God’s plan and the ways that we are used in it. His use of metaphor paints a great picture for the reader. Taylor’s first metaphor comes in stanza two of “Meditation One.” It says, “For thine Elect, there rose a mighty Tide!” (Line 10). Edward Taylor is using the idea of running and overflowing water to describe love filling up heaven. God’s elect are the people that are chosen by God to receive salvation. Taylor then goes on to describe that the tide will fill up the person by declaring “That there our Veans might through thy Person bleed,” (11). Taylor uses this to show the tide running through the veins of the person. The tide is ultimately meant “To quench those flames, that else would on us feed” (12). The tide, or God’s love for us, was so abundant that it ran down into hell and lifted up all of the elect and brought them into heaven. God showed his grace to His chosen people and, once they saw it, they chose to receive Jesus and the salvation that comes from Him. Jesus Christ is the mighty tide and only He can truly wash away sins. Another great metaphor in this poem can be found in stanza three. This metaphor says, “My Fireless Flame! What Chilly Love, and Cold? /In measure small! In Manner Chilly! See.” (16-17). This represents the heart of the person and how it is “cold” (16) and “chilly” (17) without the Holy Spirit residing in it. The second part of the metaphor is “Lord blow the Coal: Thy

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