Analysis Of George Herbert's The Sacrifice

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A devout and short-lived priest of the Church of England, George Herbert and his works are not remembered alongside Shakespeare’s or John Milton’s works during the early sixteenth century. The Sacrifice describes the path of and voicing for the thoughts of Jesus the Prophet and Son to the Maker. I firmly believe The Sacrifice to be applicable to all who sacrifice for the benefit of the many or all, not just the supposed sacrifice of the Maker’s son. George Herbert’s The Sacrifice’s rhythmic utilization of rhyme, repetition, and allusion demonstrates the endurance of a man’s willpower when he faced with overwhelming opposition and resistance to his goals.

Alluded throughout The Sacrifice is a key subject of Christian importance, that of Jesus the Prophet and Son to the Maker. Although his name is never mentioned, I can infer that he is the voiced speaker through the lines:
“Thus trimmed forth they bring me to the rout,
Who 'Crucify him, ' cry with one strong shout.”
Herbert states this in direct reference to the ultimate death of Jesus, that of his crucifixion on the wooden cross of his own religion. He carried his own crucifixion cross:
“My cross I bear my self, until I faint:”
I believe his path and Herbert’s words to be definitive of a man forced to his fate by the people and masses, that the very people he sought to protect and save opposed him every step of the way towards his death.

Rhyme is an integral part of The Sacrifice, for it represents the order and

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