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Edward Taylor

Edward Taylor typically wrote two kinds of poems: theological poems meant to evangelize, and more private, self-reflective poems. "Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold" appears to be one of these more...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016, 3:20 pm (UTC)

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Edward Taylor

Edward Taylor’s poem uses a conceit, or extended metaphor, in which the speaker compares their heart to a container. The poet also uses the literary device of apostrophe, or direct address, to...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2020, 5:31 am (UTC)

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The human personification of the wasp in the first stanza of Edward Taylor's Upon A Wasp Chilled is not restricted simply to words such as "hands, legs, thighs, fingers and toes." Taylor skillfully...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010, 3:00 am (UTC)

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In "Upon a Spider Catching a Fly" there are several different religious interpretations. The poem appears here: Thou sorrow, venom Elfe: Is this thy play,To spin a web out of thyselfe To Catch...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2010, 1:51 am (UTC)

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In Bradstreet's “On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet” and Taylor's “Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children” death of a child is the primary theme. There are a number of images used to support this...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2012, 8:47 pm (UTC)

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Edward Taylor

The poems of Edward Taylor, a Massachusetts minister born in England, were published posthumously. His poetry is largely in the Metaphysical mode associated with John Donne, especially featuring...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2019, 4:44 pm (UTC)

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To further guide you in understanding Taylor's mediatation, I would ask that you note the alliteration and the rhetorical device knwn as polyptoton as used by Taylor. The conceit - extended...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2010, 4:28 am (UTC)

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A literary conceit compares two unlike things that a person might not normally put together. In this poem, Edward Taylor creates a conceit not so much when he compares a spider to Satan but more so...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019, 12:37 am (UTC)

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In "Meditation 42," by Edward Tayor, a theme that is relevant to both the text and Puritan life is that of sinfulness. The Puritans were people who looked to God for everything. They functioned in...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2011, 3:12 am (UTC)

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In the "Prologue," the narrator addresses God directly, asking if there is any way that he, a lowly writer ("a Crumb of Dust"), can match God's creation of nature. God is a "Boundless Deity," but...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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