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Comparing and contrasting “The Lightning-Rod Man” and “Prayer (I)” by George...

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Comparing and contrasting “The Lightning-Rod Man” and “Prayer (I)” by George Herbert.

How to analyze the similarities and differences in the overall theme of the two works and the metaphors used in both? Be specific and support your analysis with quotations.

The Lightning-Rod Man (excerpt)
Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Because lightning sometimes passes from the clouds to the earth, and sometimes from the earth to the clouds. Do you comprehend?--and I choose the middle of the room,because if the lightning should strike the house at all, it would come down the chimney or walls; so, obviously, the further you are from them, the better. Come hither to me,now."
"Presently. Something you just said, instead of alarming me, has strangely inspired confidence."
"What have I said?"
"You said that sometimes lightning flashes from the earth to the clouds."
"Aye, the returning-stroke, as it is called; when the earth, being overcharged with the fluid, flashes its surplus upward."
"The returning-stroke; that is, from earth to sky. Better and better. But come here on the hearth and dry yourself.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Prayer (I) George Herbert (1593-1633)English poet and Anglican priest Prayer the church's banquet, angel's age, God's breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav'n and earth Engine against th' Almighty, sinner's tow'r, Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear, The six-days world transposing in an hour, A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear; Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss, Exalted manna, gladness of the best, Heaven in ordinary, man well drest, The milky way, the bird of Paradise, Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul's blood, The land of spices; something understood.
 


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