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In the first two stanzas of the poem "Huswifery" by Edward Taylor, to what household...

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In the first two stanzas of the poem "Huswifery" by Edward Taylor, to what household objects and activities does the speaker compare himself?

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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 5, 2009 at 10:25 AM (Answer #1)

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In the first stanza, the speaker asks the Lord to make him a "spinning wheele." The rest of the stanza details the parts of the wheel, including the distaff (holds the wool), the flyers (guide the spinning), the spool (twists the yarn), and the reel (holds the finished thread).

In the second stanza, the speaker asks the Lord to "make me thy Loome" and goes through a similar list of parts such as the quills (spools of a loom).

Taylor uses the literary device of the conceit (extended comparison) in these stanzas to indicate that the speaker wants to be guided and used by God for God's purposes, just as a craftsman would use a spinning wheel or a loom.

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