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The Pulley

In George Herbert’s poem “The Pulley,” the pulley seems an effective image for suggesting the way God encourages man’s upward connection with, and movement toward, God. Interestingly, the image of...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2011, 3:00 pm (UTC)

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George Herbert's twenty-line spiritual fable of alternating rhyme narrates the creation of man that borrows form the myth of Pandora's box and the Book of Genesis. The Creator delves into His jar...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2015, 1:40 am (UTC)

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A pulley is a simple machine that consists of a wheel over which one might run a rope in order to make it easier to lift something. It allows someone to multiply the force that their body can...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2019, 9:14 pm (UTC)

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The overarching theme can be stated as restlessness pulls humankind into God's arms. The premise of Herbert's poem provides an explanation for the weariness and struggles humankind faces and...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2016, 9:40 pm (UTC)

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Herbert is using a pulley as a metaphor for the relationship between God and man. A pulley is a simple mechanical device which you use to lift something up by pulling down on it. God lifts us up by...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2017, 8:01 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018, 9:37 pm (UTC)

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Metaphysical poetry is known for dealing with abstract ideas and for using jarring and unusual extended metaphors. Samuel Johnson, preferring the smoothly rhyming, regular couplets of...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2017, 11:03 am (UTC)

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In "The Pulley" by George Herbert, the poet envisages God setting about the act of creating human beings. As part of this process, He's mixing together in a glass all the various gifts and...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2018, 9:18 am (UTC)

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The poem presents God as a benevolent, loving and caring father. When He created man, He bestowed upon him all the “blessings” and “the world’s riches” He could think of. Strength, honor, wisdom...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2016, 6:17 am (UTC)

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The pulley is used by Herbert as a metaphor for the relationship between God and the individual Christian believer. A pulley is a simple mechanical device which you use to lift something up by...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2018, 6:01 pm (UTC)

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In "The Pulley," George Herbert imagines what God might have thought on the day that he "first made man." In the opening stanza, God is presented as generous and benevolent. He decides to "pour"...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019, 3:19 pm (UTC)

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A metaphysical poem is typically identified by its attention-getting conceits (essentially, extended metaphors), complexity, imagery, and its focus on subjects that transcend empirical reality, or...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019, 11:16 pm (UTC)

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In "The Pulley", rest is the shining jewel of all the gifts and blessings God bestows upon his human creations. As God is bestowing these blessings, however, he realizes that if he fully bestows...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019, 11:25 pm (UTC)

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I think that it is clearly stated in the poem that rest is the one gift that God did not give out to the world. I think you are right to say that rest is pretty much the same thing as peace. You...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2010, 12:00 am (UTC)

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The “kinetic images” in George Herbert’s poem “The Pulley” are presumably the images that imply motion. The verb “rest,” then, would not be a kinetic image in the strict sense of the word, since...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011, 1:12 pm (UTC)

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In George Herbert’s poem “The Pulley,” the speaker claims that God once bestowed various “blessings” on man: “Let us,” said he, “pour on him all we can: Let the world’s riches, which dispersed...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011, 1:50 pm (UTC)

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In my opinion, this poem is sort of a mirror image of the Pandora myth. In other words, it has God doing the exact opposite of what Pandora did. In the Pandora myth, Pandora was curious and she...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010, 1:02 am (UTC)

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What Herbert is saying in this poem is that it is the stresses of every day life that are going to bring us closer to God. He is saying that God knows that and that is why he does not give us...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2010, 9:53 am (UTC)

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Yes, you are right. In George Herbert's "The Pulley," God pours out an abundance of gifts on humankind but decides to withhold the gift of rest. God has good reasons for this, which he explains in...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019, 1:16 am (UTC)

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Like other poems by George Herbert, this poem is based around a central conceit that adds so much to the meaning of the poem and what the poet is trying to convey. The poem basically talks about...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011, 7:13 pm (UTC)

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To answer this question, it is necessary to first define the term under discussion. According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, omnipotence is "the quality or state of being omnipotent."...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2019, 12:11 am (UTC)

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In "The Pulley," God bestows on man many treasures or blessings, such as wisdom, strength, honor, and pleasure. However, among his treasures, God withholds the gift of rest. Humankind, God decides,...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019, 3:56 am (UTC)

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In "The Pulley," the narrator imagines himself as a witness at the moment of creation, seeing God Himself puzzle over what to bestow upon mankind, and how to go about doing it. God has a series of...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019, 6:32 pm (UTC)

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"The Pulley" establishes God's generosity with the image that drives the poem, wherein God bestows the various blessings on his human creation. At the same time, however, it is worth noting that...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2021, 8:00 am (UTC)

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As a machine, the pulley is designed to pull large loads to the surface. It works best when there is connection and strands to bear a heavy weight, when enough of a pull force is exerted, and the...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2009, 9:31 pm (UTC)

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Scholars tend to say that the author uses the metaphor of a pulley to talk about the forces that pull people up and down at the same time. In a pulley, a force that is pulling down, actually lifts...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2010, 9:50 am (UTC)

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A pulley is a wheel that carries a flexible rope and which is used to transmit motion, such as when heavy objects are hoisted from a dockside onto a ship, for example. George Herbert uses the...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2020, 11:00 am (UTC)

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