The poem depicts the mere admiration of a falcon soaring through the skies. The term ‘windhover’ itself is one attributed to the kestrel, a type of falcon known for its ability to hover through the air as it searches for prey. However, ‘The Windhover’ is much more complex, for it features an underlying religious character. As Stephen McInerney points out, Hopkins discerns Christ in nature, more especially in living beings who emerge from nature in God’s image (43). If the poem’s epigraph is taken into consideration it becomes apparent that the falcon as well as the poem itself, serve as a metaphor ‘for Christ our Lord.
Romeo and Juliet”: True Love Romeo and Juliet is known as one of the most romantic love stories in literary history, furthuring this point is the true love and sincerity between Romeo and Juliet which is justified by religious imagery and language, the overall theme of fate, along with solemn tone regarding love found in the text. Throughout the play, Shakespeare consistently makes use of religious imagery and language. It is used to display how their love is “holy” and “pure”, and does not allow for it to be dismissed. The first conversation between Romeo and Juliet consisted of a shared sonnet, which was laced with heavy use of religious vocabulary. In the text, Romeo metaphorically considered himself to be a pilgrim approaching Juliet’s hand, a holy shrine, which he was unworthy of.
Kahlil Gibran is one of the writers with the power of intuitions, visions and prophesies expressed in verses. Most mystical ideas are expressed in the form of verse such as ‘Bhagvad Gita’, Classical Upanishad and large part of the holy Bible are in verses. Romantic poets such as William Wordsworth and S.T Coleridge contains the element of mysticism in their works. However, William Blake is considered as the God of mysticism. Blake witnessed divinity in every aspect of Nature.
A central theme that is described in their writings is the act of preparing the soul for the journey into the afterlife. To many mystics, the way to purify your soul differed, but the importance of purifying the soul of the original sin of Adam and Eve was pedestrian and paramount to one’s salvation. In this respect, Dante Aligheieri, the famous Italian poet, can be described as a mystic due to underlying Christian themes of death and preparing the soul for the afterlife present in his most famous poem: The Divine Comedy. By addressing and emphasizing themes of love, free will, and suffering, Dante’s Purgatorio, the second story in the Divine Comedy, represents themes that describe and reinforce Christian underpinnings of preparing one’s soul for the afterlife. All in all, these themes represent elements of popular religion because every Christian was exceptionally concerned about their place afterlife, specifically whether or
Ralph Waldo Emerson(1803-1882) and Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) were two important American writers and leader of the transcendentalism movement. Emerson was a poet and essayist known for his philosophical exploration of the individual. His most famous works were Nature, ‘The American Scholar’ and ‘Self Reliance’. Emerson wrote on ideas such an individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost
The King James Version of the Bible became a fundamental part of British Literature. This work of literature greatly influences other works, primarily in love poetry, since it contains many ideas of what love looks like. Love poems portray many types of love that the Bible refers to. These different types of love often get misinterpreted and their attributes often get confused. While both 1 Corinthians 13 and Psalms 116 defines love, one describes God 's love and the other focuses on one 's love for God.
William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Lord Byron are the most famous romantic poets who used sublime in their works. Each poet used the sublime in a different way from the other, but for them all, the sublime reflects the effect of Nature on them and they depicted what they felt through their works. Starting with Wordsworth, he defined poetry as “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility” (263). Hence, the use of sublime can be understood from Wordsworth’s definition of poetry. Wordsworth is popular with his use of sublime in most of his works.
It is “language” in the broadest sense, language working in the world & including those who make language as well as that of which language is made. It is important to note, then, that we (as conventional beings) are embodied by cultural metaphor. We are metaphoric creatures, created by culture. On the other hand, we (as creative cultural beings) embody our cultural metaphors. As artists, scientists, mystics, we make & re-make those metaphors & thus society
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) was a British theorist and political thinker. He has worked extensively in the field of logic and philosophy, economics, religion, metaphysics, and epistemology. His famous works include A System of Logic, Principles of Political Economy, On Liberty, Utilitarianism, The Subjection of Women, Three Essays on Religion, and his Autobiography. In his essay, “What Is Poetry?”, Mill makes an attempt to clear up the conception which mankind already attach to poetry, and put forth a theory which has been a guide in the usage of the term ‘poetry’. Mill begins by saying that their have been various opinions and answers to a single question of what poetry is; stating clearly that poetry is not just about metrical composition.
As basis of our study, the following selections show his religious inclination and beliefs through the use of various biblical allusions in relaying his message. His works reflect how he sees life on earth and reveal what seemed to be ethical for him. Also, the author 's expressions of his appreciation of nature 's beauty and his association of God with the creation of nature are also indicative of his religious perspective. His poems showed that appreciating the beauty of nature could bring us closer to God. He was also fascinated on how nature could restore itself.