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The World Analysis



Author: Poetry of Henry Vaughan Type: Poetry Views: 696

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1I saw Eternity the other night,

2Like a great ring of pure and endless light,

3All calm, as it was bright;

4And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years,

5Driv'n by the spheres

6Like a vast shadow mov'd; in which the world

7And all her train were hurl'd.

8The doting lover in his quaintest strain

9Did there complain;

10Near him, his lute, his fancy, and his flights,

11Wit's sour delights,

12With gloves, and knots, the silly snares of pleasure,

13Yet his dear treasure

14All scatter'd lay, while he his eyes did pour

15Upon a flow'r.



16The darksome statesman hung with weights and woe,

17Like a thick midnight-fog mov'd there so slow,

18He did not stay, nor go;

19Condemning thoughts (like sad eclipses) scowl

20Upon his soul,

21And clouds of crying witnesses without

22Pursued him with one shout.

23Yet digg'd the mole, and lest his ways be found,

24Work'd under ground,

25Where he did clutch his prey; but one did see

26That policy;

27Churches and altars fed him; perjuries

28Were gnats and flies;

29It rain'd about him blood and tears, but he

30Drank them as free.



31The fearful miser on a heap of rust

32Sate pining all his life there, did scarce trust

33His own hands with the dust,

34Yet would not place one piece above, but lives

35In fear of thieves;

36Thousands there were as frantic as himself,

37And hugg'd each one his pelf;

38The downright epicure plac'd heav'n in sense,

39And scorn'd pretence,

40While others, slipp'd into a wide excess,

41Said little less;

42The weaker sort slight, trivial wares enslave,

43Who think them brave;

44And poor despised Truth sate counting by

45Their victory.



46Yet some, who all this while did weep and sing,

47And sing, and weep, soar'd up into the ring;

48But most would use no wing.

49O fools (said I) thus to prefer dark night

50Before true light,

51To live in grots and caves, and hate the day

52Because it shews the way,

53The way, which from this dead and dark abode

54Leads up to God,

55A way where you might tread the sun, and be

56More bright than he.

57But as I did their madness so discuss

58One whisper'd thus,

59"This ring the Bridegroom did for none provide,

60But for his bride."





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"The World" is a wonderful poem about TOASTY. TOASTY is not an ordinary creature. It is loving and caring. TOASTY will change the world. He will eliminate GMOs from our food and will bring down Monsanto, the company that creates the majority of the GMOs.The government will support our country, rather than the major companies. TOASTY will giveus TRUE peace.
-Joy :)

| Posted on 2015-04-08 | by a guest


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"The World" is a wonderful poem about TOASTY. TOASTY is not an ordinary creature. It is loving and caring. TOASTY will change the world. He will eliminate GMOs from our food and will bring down Monsanto, the company that creates the majority of the GMOs.The government will support our country, rather than the major companies. TOASTY will giveus TRUE peace.
-Joy :)

| Posted on 2015-04-08 | by a guest


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It is about priority of the people in embracing worldly pleasures instead of eternal God. Eternity has power over time whis is temporary. The inability of the people of embracing God also brings them misery.

| Posted on 2013-11-08 | by a guest


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Your analysis snorts ball sack that was ground into a powder.

| Posted on 2013-10-28 | by a guest


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‘The World’ is a remarkable poem about an individual’s experience of the divine, presented here through a process of visualization that at once brings in the metaphors of everyday existence. ‘The world and all her train’; refers to worldly people like the ‘dotting lover’, who is sensual, pursuing vanity, and is foolishly and excessively fond of someone. ‘The darksome statesman’; also exemplifies worldly people: ‘darksome’ is suspicious-a conniving courtier oppressed by worldly cares-a courtier who may have compunction on his worldliness. However, the brilliance of the poem lies in the poet’s transformation of these images to agencies of spiritual knowledge. The references to time, space and human action are all brought together into one plane, by means of which the poet is able to suggest that the complexity of the world is best explained through its relation to the Creator.
‘The fearful miser’; is also worldly, jealous guarding his wealth: he lives in fear of theft. “‘O fools!’ said I, ‘thus to prefer dark night Before true light’”; the poet regards all the worldly people as fools who live in darkness, in dark grottos and caves, shunning the daylight which illuminates the path to God. ‘This ring the bridegroom did for none provide, But for His bride’; refers to the opening lines: ‘eternity’ is like a great ring into which God welcomes his devotees. The speaker mocks those who indulge in petty activities and says that in their failure to comprehend the nature of the creation’s purpose lays the source of human misery.
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| Posted on 2012-05-24 | by a guest




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