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Henry Vaughan

This poem explores the nature of humanity's regret, longing, and suffering. One of the most interesting moments in this poem occurs in the third line: "Before I understood this place..." "This...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016 4:33 pm UTC

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Henry Vaughan

The dominant theme of the poem is loss of childhood innocence and all that it entails. Vaughan presents childhood as a state of "angel infancy" which he desperately wants to regain. In his idyllic...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2018 8:19 am UTC

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Henry Vaughan

According to Samuel Johnson, who in the eighteenth century took a dim view of the metaphysicals: Their thoughts are often new, but seldom natural; they are not obvious, but neither are they just;...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2017 12:03 pm UTC

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Henry Vaughan

The primary theme of Henry Vaughan's "The Retreat" is encapsulated in the title. While most people look at the world and their lives and want to keep moving forward, the speaker of this poem wants...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2014 9:08 pm UTC

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Henry Vaughan

As a metaphysical poet of the 17th century, Vaughan expresses his ideas in an emotional context in "Regeneration." Vaughn's poem communicates his perception that as a child grows, he moves away...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2009 4:41 am UTC

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Henry Vaughan

In this poem, Henry Vaughan expresses his hope that, when he dies, he will not be moving forward, as such, but instead returning to the state of innocence he was in before he was born, and in his...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2019 12:11 pm UTC

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Henry Vaughan

Henry Vaughan, a metaphysical poet, celebrates a conservative, "pre-fall" Christian attitude in "The Retreate." With most metaphysicals, Vaughan uses an elaborate conceit (a personified soul) that...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2009 1:45 am UTC

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Henry Vaughan

An elegy is a poem of reflection or lament for the dead, and is not to be confused with eulogy, which is typically a speech given in praise of someone (not necessarily dead either). Henry Vaughan...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2015 8:55 pm UTC

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