The Book I And Thou By Martin Buber Essays

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“I can consider a tree,” Martin Buber states in his book I and Thou, “I can subdue its actual presence and form so sternly that I recognize it only as an expression of law” (22). This idea of Buber’s that humanity’s classification demeans the true value of an item or individual is a motif that the writers of the poems “Adam’s Task” and “Naming the Animals” employ in response to the creation myths of Genesis. In both of the response poems, John Hollander and Anthony Hecht focus upon the task of naming the animals appointed by God unto Adam. By concentrating on this undisclosed event of the creation myth within their works, they form their own representations of how that affair possibly occurred, and with ironic and anticlimactic language they depict the overall divide between the majesty of the divine and the inelegance of humanity. In comparison to the significance and magnificence of God’s creation of the animals detailed in the Bible, the writers’ depictions of their naming emphasize this discrepancy with their witty writing styles. Contained in Genesis are the creation stories that depict a God that is of infinite power as He brings forth a world of perfect design. Through God’s creation of the world and Adam, the narrators distinctly craft an entity that is divine by describing exactly how He does it. The narrators write that the very creation of the earth and all its intricacies occurring within six days; God calling forth every aspect of it with just a command. The…

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