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  1. The beauty of the poem is enhanced by using figures of speech such as Alliteration,Antithesis,Climax, Paradox, Personification, Repetition, Synecdoche, Tautology, Hyperbole, Inversion and Metaphor. There is also a repetition of initial words in few stanzas, eg: In stanza 2: line 2 and 3- when and thRead more

    The beauty of the poem is enhanced by using figures of speech such as Alliteration,Antithesis,Climax, Paradox, Personification, Repetition, Synecdoche, Tautology, Hyperbole, Inversion and Metaphor. There is also a repetition of initial words in few stanzas, eg: In stanza 2: line 2 and 3- when and then, stanza 3: line 3 and 5- so and bestow. Herbert uses a theological (the study of the nature of God and religious belief) concept throughout this poem. This strategy is similar to a metaphor, but it is far more sophisticated. In this poem, Herbert utilises a pulley to depict humanity’s connection with God/religion.

     

    Pulley summary

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  1. The poem’s central message is that, while God has bestowed numerous blessings onto humans, we still tend to be materialistic and forsake God, who constantly pulls us towards him. This poem, written from the perspective of God, conveys the message that we are all subject to God’s will, and that all tRead more

    The poem’s central message is that, while God has bestowed numerous blessings onto humans, we still tend to be materialistic and forsake God, who constantly pulls us towards him. This poem, written from the perspective of God, conveys the message that we are all subject to God’s will, and that all the wealth in the world would not be enough to compensate for the comfort and consolation we seek in him.

    Pulley summary

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