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Please explain "Aaron," a poem by George Herbert.

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kareemoo | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 11, 2013 at 7:49 PM via web

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Please explain "Aaron," a poem by George Herbert.

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM (Answer #1)

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Despite a place in the Church and the responsibility that accompanies such a position within the Church where the speaker has "Holiness on the head", the speaker finds "profaneness in my head. " He is trusted with the souls of others yet has "darkness in my breast."

A realization that this is not good for any congregation or the speaker himself he turns to God and to the "music" so that he may "be in Him new drest."

Feeling renewed and uplifted - "Perfect and light in my dear breast"- he can move forward with confidence: "My doctrine tuned by Christ." He is inspired to call the people as he is now ready to preach : "Aaron's drest." Any concerns are now overriden by a

 calm confidence

as God "lives in me."


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