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Huswifery

The speaker in this poem is issuing a direct address to God. You can see this in the opening line, in which he asks God ("O Lord") to use him, the speaker, as an instrument—specifically, a spinning...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019 9:40 am UTC

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In this poem, Taylor is literally asking God to "make me...thy spinning-wheel." In practical terms, what he is really saying is a variation on "please use me as your instrument." Taylor elaborates...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018 9:23 am UTC

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"Huswifery" begins with a simple request, which is then spun out into an extended metaphor. The poet asks to be made God's spinning wheel. This is a humble, utilitarian object with a single...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 9:41 am UTC

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The activity that the speaker of the poem is comparing himself to is the process of making cloth. In order to create that finished product, the speaker needs some specific tools. One of those...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016 1:37 pm UTC

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In this poem, an extended metaphor compares God to a weaver, whose "twine" is the material which is used to build the world. God is, then, the origin of all material from which humanity is spun:...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2018 7:33 am UTC

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One of the most significant consequences of the Protestant Reformation was the sanctification of the ordinary, the everyday. By valuing all of life in relation to God, Protestants endowed each and...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2018 8:10 am UTC

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You have done a good job of reading the poem closely and understanding that in the poem the act of making clothes serves as a religious metaphor. I'm not sure if the first paragraph, as written,...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015 6:08 am UTC

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In “Huswifery,” Edward Taylor uses the activity of spinning thread on a loom as a metaphor for how he wants God to work in his life. He asks God to make him a “spinning wheel complete,” meaning...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016 5:49 pm UTC

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The poem "Huswifery" is also a prayer. The Puritan tradition was particularly insistent that the petitioner ought to pray to be able to serve God in the manner that would please him best (see, for...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 12:17 pm UTC

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Take note of how different Edward Taylor's language might seem from how we speak and write in the present day, yet we are still able to understand his poems, such as "Huswifery." Taylor spoke and...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2016 8:21 pm UTC

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"Huswifery" is one of the best-known meditational poems. It was written by Edward Taylor in the late seventeenth century and serves as a means of placing the speaker in communion with Christ...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2017 7:28 am UTC

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The speaker in “Huswifery” places control of his life in God’s hands. He asks God to take over various parts of his personality and body so that he can live a more fulfilled life in which religion...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 10:56 pm UTC

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Make me, O Lord, thy Spining Wheele compleate I think the opening line of the poem is a critical line to the poem. It's a critical line because it identifies so many components of the poem's...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016 3:25 pm UTC

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"Huswifery" by Edward Taylor doesn't center around a single task (unless you count doing "housewife" work a single task). The poem is divided into three stanzas, and each stanza is focused on a...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2017 1:42 am UTC

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