William Blake lived a pastoral way and worked as an engraver, painter and printmaker in his early adulthood. He was strange and imaginative child. His poems contain a lyric feature or ballad, which basically meant for the expressive of his emotions and have a melodious superiority. In the later years, he moved more towards religion, seeing the bible as the final reference to all that is good and evil, where we could see in the many poems of Blake as a common theme. In 1780s and 1790s, Blake published the poems called Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience.
Love and Marriage has been a huge topic in the Puritan Era. It is argued by critics that puritans treat Love and Marriage as the meanings of life as they represents the “relationship that structures everything: God’s covenant with believers” (Furey 201). How love situates itself in men’s relationship with god is discussed in many Puritan literature. Two puritan poets, Anne Bradstreet and Edward Taylor have been famous for their expressions of their affection and humility towards God in their poems. Yet, it is argued that they dealt with the topics of Love and Marriage differently.
Just as Christ tried to teach complex philosophical ideas to His original disciples during his ministry by using parables, Jesus’s character in Godspell, which is set nearly two-thousands years after Christ’s life, does the same but instead references modern day language and culture. In essence, Godspell is an experience during which the disciples and the audience are simultaneously drawn to the power of Christ’s message. The plot of Godspell is derived from the Gospels, a fact that can be deduced from the origin of the word “gospel.” Although the musical involves characters that are similar to individuals in the New Testament, the playwrights transform the disciples in a way that is distinct of their appearance in the New Testament. Jesus, in the New Testament, taught
However, the meaning of the poem becomes clear once this irregularity is overlooked, once the entire poem is read and once the reader understands the approach the author takes on the poem. This is when the author gifts reader with deeper meaning makes way for a more conceptual and overall understanding of the poem. Cummings followed the religion of Unitarianism, a form of Christianity, and this may give clues as to the strange way in which he structured his poetry. The title itself is ambiguous in stating that “Spring is like a Perhaps Hand”. One tends to ponder on what the author meant by calling Spring a “perhaps hand”.
In his poem I explain some things , he even directly asks “Federico from under the earth”, to remember the peaceful life they led before the war. This poem is a turning point in Neruda’s life, since he explains why he can no longer “write about Lilacs”(1) or “metaphysics filled with poppies”(3), after having seen “the blood on the streets” in Spain. The lilacs are a symbol of Neruda’s previous poems about love and other physically beautiful things. By the use of rhetorical questions at the beginning of the poem “You will ask[…]?, Neruda tries to make the reader feel as if he can sense what they are thinking, making him and his readers feel like one. The poem contrast Neruda’s peaceful life in Madrid with life after the outbreak of the Spanish civil war.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, a famous American author from the antebellum period, notices the emphasis on individual freedoms in the works by Ralph Waldo Emerson and other Transcendentalists during his residency in the Brook Farm’s community. In response to these ideas, Hawthorne writes The Scarlet Letter, a historical novel about Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale’s lives as they go through ignominy, penance, and deprecation from their Puritan community to express their strong love for each other. Their love, even though it is true, is not considered as holy nor pure because of Hester past marriage to Roger Chillingworth, and thus Hester gained the Scarlet Letter for being an adulterer. Hawthorne utilizes biblical allusions, such as the stories of
Various theological interpretations have been done and are available but to me, this book was always about that little tinker of hope which keeps shimmering through dark paths of hopelessness. It can be seen as the struggle of a man to achieve salvation, freedom from the worldly vortex he is struck in. The name of the messenger as Barnabas, the chapter named ’Arrival’ or the public shaming of Amalia and her fam- ily all point towards religious attachments in the text. While reading the story, it feels like the roots lie deep within ourselves also, for we in society as a whole are quite similar in nature to the village, governed by the un- questionable belief of god and his miracles and any non-compliant person is ridiculed and mistreated. The novel ﬁnds utility in the futile attempts of K. to reach the Castle and we are never really sure what K. wants after reaching the Castle or was he even seriously a land surveyor at all.
The literary work I chose was from the Bible which is part of the Hebrew Literature and Afro-Asian Literature. The title of the short story is, The Parable of the Prodigal Son. The reason why I chose this story is because it has a strong impingement from its symbolism of God and of human nature. In this story, the symbolisms are manifested through its characters and this is what makes the story influencing to its readers. This is how the story goes: The story is about a father with two sons.
The Lamb and The Tyger: The Use of Contrast to Develop an Idea In William Blake's two short poems "The Lamb" and "The Tyger", Blake uses the stark contrast in imagery, theme and tone between the two complimentary poems to comment about Christianity and god in the industrial age. “The lamb” and “The Tyger” are poems engraved in Blake’s book Songs of Innocence and Experience (cite Herbert ). Blake uses the two poems to demonstrate the contradiction between the church view on the world and the other more realistic and experienced view. “The Lamb” is a representation of the church view on the world and how god created such a beautiful creature like the lamb. On the other hand, “The Tyger” is a representation of the new industrialized world that Blake does not want us to ignore.
The subject matter of “A Dialogue between the Soul and Body” is an example of this evolution since it goes against what many poets wrote about in regards to God. This poem includes the use of metaphysical conceits common in the seventeenth century but is also a commentary on the nature of God’s control over bodies and souls being fallible (Poetry Foundation). Marvell expresses frustrations with God and questions God and his omniscience. While this poem does not align with traditional Christian values, it primarily addresses the form of standard seventeenth century poetry in a different way. Andrew Marvell’s “A Dialogue between the Soul and Body” contributes to the understanding of 17th century poetry by redefining the standard the conversational standard of poetry and opposing the standard that the normative voice is