Essay on The Poetry Of The Earth Is Never Dead

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INTRODUCTION John Keats has once said, “The poetry of the earth is never dead.” Song 2:8-17 renders a beautiful poem as timeless as the “poetry of the earth.” Imaginative readers can see, hear, taste, smell, and touch earth’s beauty. The passage speaks about the voice of spring where all of creation celebrates and is celebrated as it displays a beautiful symphony just by being what they have been created for. NRSV call this pericope “Springtime Rhapsody.” Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), the most celebrated German musician of the 18th century composed a most sublime music inspired by the Song, particularly by this poem where in the first recitative, a tenor acting as narrator warns the daughters of Zion of the approaching bridegroom, leaping upon the hills like a young stag. “Cantata BWV 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme: Wake up: the Voice Calls Us” is a classic still enjoyed and appreciated today with over 1.3 million views at Youtube. I for one, when listening to Bach, experiences a most sublime feeling of being one with God, nature, and humanity. Thus, in this paper, I explore the literary meaning and function of Song 2:8-17 through a literary, socio-rhetorical analysis of the passage. I propose that this passage was meant to transmit the core values and beliefs of ancient biblical Israelite community towards God, humanity, and creation given that the Song, a collection of poems made into one song, has been preserved, reshaped, and refined over period of…

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