Analysis Of George Herbert 's Poem ' Love I Essay

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The poetry of George Herbert frequently engages with the expression of faith through the poetic form. This connection to the Christian concept of the divine is often expressed through Herbert’s rich use of figurative language. In Herbert’s poem, “Love I,” figurative language is used not only to celebrate the sublimity of divine love, but it also is used to marry the concept to the literal act of expressing it through poetic creation. This figurative connection reflects the speaker’s attitude that it is perhaps the eternal love and beauty of humanity’s creator that should be commemorated in verse rather than the love of mortal conceptions of beauty. Herbert employs effective metaphors within “Love I” to comment upon the frivolity of “worldly” concerns such as wit and beauty and the unjust precedent that they take over the beauty of ever-lasting divinity inside of creative writing. The poem begins with a powerful use of metaphor to connect the concept of God to that of mortal beings. The speaker refers to the divine as the “author of this great frame,” (1). By using metaphor to describe the divine as an “author,” this double-meaning in the poem’s initial line, provides a template for the connectivity between heavenly creation and literary creation. God is presented as a literal writer that is crafting the world of man in what the speaker refers to as “this great frame.” This metaphor carries the connotation that humankind and all worldly existence is an artistic construction…

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