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The Collar

Firstly, the word collar has a number of connotations, both literal and figurative. In the normal sense of the word, a collar may be part of ones clothing, it could also be a reference to the white...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2015 7:02 pm UTC

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As with virtually all of Herbert's poems, "The Collar" is a meditation on his relationship with God. And as a metaphysical poet, Herbert uses an elaborate metaphor, or conceit, to illustrate the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018 8:24 am UTC

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In "The Collar," the speaker is complaining about the constraints of living a moral and virtuous life. In the first two lines, he decides he has had enough, striking a board and crying "No more, I...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2012 8:32 pm UTC

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Most of the poem "The Collar" by George Herbert is a rant by the narrator, and the final few lines provide the resolution. To discern how this poem is an outcry for freedom, it is important to...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2021 3:36 pm UTC

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In the poem the narrator, whom we identify with Herbert, rebels against the constraints of his life as a priest, saying his harvest in life is a "thorn" and he would prefer to escape to a foreign...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2017 10:50 am UTC

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The poem is an expression of the anguish of a man following a spiritual and virtuous path to please the Almighty. It is accepted by every religion that the right path is the most difficult one. It...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2015 9:17 am UTC

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There is an explanation of this poem here on eNotes at the link below and I don't have a lot more that I could add to that excellent explication. As indicated, Herbert was an Anglican priest and...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2010 10:51 pm UTC

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"Lines" is connected to the ropes and cable imagery used throughout the poem. In line 4, the speaker claims that his "lines and life" are free. In this instance, it seems that he means that he is...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2010 8:47 am UTC

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In relation to metaphysical poetry, wit refers to a form of verbal dexterity which draws attention to itself. Elaborate puns would be an obvious example. In the case of George Herbert's "The...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 6:05 am UTC

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