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What is the central idea behind Edward Taylor's poem "Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold"?...

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plitami | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 22, 2009 at 6:36 AM via web

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What is the central idea behind Edward Taylor's poem "Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold"? as well as the conceit?

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dcuevas | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 8, 2010 at 5:03 AM (Answer #1)

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A conceit is an extended metaphor. A metaphor is a comparison of two dissimilar things without using like or as. Bearing this in mind, Edward Taylor is using the image of a wasp chilled and unmoving from the cold to talk about the condition of the human soul when it is without God's grace, light, and love. The wasp warms itself in the sun until it can fly home, just as humans bask in God's love until they are ready to return home to their Creator. Taylor goes on to ask for the ability to clear his soul so that he too, like the wasp, might warm himself in the light of God until he is able to praise and take flight to his maker.

 

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