Essay about The Day of Doom by Michael Wigglesworth

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“The Day of Doom” by Michael Wigglesworth The Day of Doom is not just any ordinary poem. Michael Wigglesworth, the poet, wrote this poem in such a way that the reader in the end should ask themselves this question, what must I do to be saved? The words of each stanza are crafted in ordinance with scriptures of the Bible. “The Puritans believed that the Bible was God’s true law, and that it provided a plan for living” (Kizer). Wigglesworth’s ultimate goal in writing this poem as a Puritan minister was to stress the ramifications of sin but also to glorify the reward of salvation. “Words of hell fire and brimstone flowed from the mouths of eloquent ministers as they warned of the persuasiveness of the devil’s power” (Kizer). Puritans …show more content…
Do you want to sit on the right side, which is the symbol for Heaven or the left side, which is the symbol for Hell? The Day of Doom could definitely fit in the category of a Puritan Document. This poem speaks volumes in reference to the Puritan faith and how easy it is to forget about the Puritan morals and values if you are not careful. This is why the Puritan religion was not a religion that was “only practiced on Sunday; it was a way of life” (Emerson). By the amount of stanzas in the poem, it can be concluded that Wigglesworth wanted to make sure he covered all the important issues that Christians face with their lifestyle of salvation. He didn’t leave room for believers who backslid as well as nonbelievers to have any excuses as to why the Wrath was as it was. “One day, one week, wherein to seek/ God’s face with all your hearts, /A favor was that far pass/ the best of your deserts. /You had a season, what was your reason/ such precious hours to waste? / What could you find, what could you mind/ that was of greater hast” (865-872)? I believe this poem was popular in its day because it kept the Puritans focused on their ultimate goal which was to ascend to Heaven with God. This poem was a reminder of where you would spend eternity if you did or didn’t do the right things in the eyesight of God. Although

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