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Prayer Analysis



Author: poem of George Herbert Type: poem Views: 14


Prayer the Churches banquet, Angels age,
Gods breath in man returning to his birth,
The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgramage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav'n and earth;
Engine against th'Almightie, sinners towre,
Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
The six-daies world-transposing in an houre,
A kinde of tune, which all things heare and fear;
Softnesse, and peace, and joy, and love, and blisse,
Exalted Manna, gladnesse of the best,
Heaven in ordinarie, man well drest,
The milkie way, the bird of Paradise,
Church-bels beyond the starres heard, the souls bloud,
The land of spices; something understood.

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The prayer by George Herbert uses powerful sequential imagery, its first impression is to deliver a hand full of conciets however when looking closer it becomes a double sequence , the prayer raised to heaven but then heaven is brought to earth as heaven gives man grace to pray and in turn hear his prayers. The two ideas are intetwined .
Sinners towre is not only a refuge from the world ( a heaven on earth) but is meant to represent bable like structure threatening heaven. ( manna down from heaven 1st place before exhaulted by man - prayer) - this idea of duality is forced with " heaven is ordinarie man well drest"

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