Response to Amazing Grace

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Response to a Poem/Hymn- Amazing Grace by John Newton Heather Clanton Ashford University ENG125: Introduction to Literature Instructor Nathaniel Millard July 16, 2011 The hymn Amazing Grace by John Newton, (Chapt 9.3) that is known and loved throughout the world still today, was written in 1772 and bound and published as The Olney Hymns anonymously in 1779. It was a chant for a prayers meeting that John Newton had prepared and put to music later. John Newton was a member of The British Royal Navy and deserted to be the captain of a slave ship hauling African men women and children across the ocean. One night at sea there was a horrible storm and he cried out to God for his life in fear. The brush with death changed him forever and he became an Evangelist and a poem and hymn writer. He also worked to his dying day to abolish slavery all over the world. Amazing Grace is a powerful piece of work that as a poem has the strongest element of reaching your heart I have ever seen. The theme is one of pure raw emotion as he expresses to the reader/listener his utter remorse and self-loathing radiating through his words “a wretch like me”. In my assessment of this writing, I show you that he was a master at generating his own feelings of despair and anguish through his words and right into your soul. He then gives us the hope and promise of God’s mercy in the same way. There is a reason this piece has been around for two hundred plus years and that is you can feel every single verse. The narrator of this poem is in first person and that is definitely the author, John Newton. One of the ways he evokes such strong feelings in his readers is by is personification of “Grace”. He is speaking of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness for sinful men like himself but speaks about “Amazing Grace” as if it is alive and could do anything. He then
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