whar are the themes used in the poem "The Pulley" by George Herbert?

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A theme of the poem is that God gave humans many great gifts, but that his withholding of a certain gift—rest—is also a blessing. We humans are made restless and weary not because God is cruel, but so that we will be pulled back to God, hence the name " ...

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A theme of the poem is that God gave humans many great gifts, but that his withholding of a certain gift—rest—is also a blessing. We humans are made restless and weary not because God is cruel, but so that we will be pulled back to God, hence the name "The Pulley."

As the poem states, if God gave humans the "jewel" of rest, they might "adore" nature and not the creator of nature, God himself. In this way, if positive traits don't bring a person to God, his own tiredness will cause him to seek out the divine as a place of refuge and relief.

The poem also unequivocally asserts that God is good. In this poem, he is not punitive: he pours out abundance on humans. As the poem states:

So strength first made a way;
Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honour, pleasure.

Even a seeming disadvantage—weariness—is part of God's great goodness.

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Herbert's poem "The Pulley" displays mainly the two main themes of Origins and Morality / Spirituality.

Commonly, in Western cultures, when origins are considered from a creation standpoint, the Genesis account of creation comes to mind. In this account the grandeur and beauty lies in the Creator, who by his breath produces a living soul, demonstrating his power and majesty. "The Pulley", on the other hand, emphasizes the dignity of humanity itself. Humanity enjoys an inherent identity that reflects its caring, powerful, merciful creator.

On the morality / spirituality side of the discussion is the dual idea of restlessness and weariness. These dangers spring from the quality of human independence that is the result of the inherent dignity discussed above.

The thing that unites God and humanity is not accomplishment but desire directed in the proper direction by delayed gratification and control.

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