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Peace by George Herbert

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by Rachel Wolfe on 3 October 2012

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Transcript of Peace by George Herbert


SWeet Peace, where dost thou dwell? I humbly crave,
Let me once know.
I sought thee in a secret cave,
And ask’d, if Peace were there.
A hollow winde did seem to answer, No:
Go seek elsewhere.

I did; and going did a rainbow note:
Surely, thought I,
This is the lace of Peaces coat:
I will search out the matter.
But while I lookt, the clouds immediately
Did break and scatter.

Then went I to a garden, and did spy
A gallant flower,
The Crown Imperiall:1 sure, said I,
Peace at the root must dwell.
But when I digg’d, I saw a worm devoure
What show’d so well.

At length I met a rev’rend good old man,
Whom when of Peace
I did demand, he thus began:
There was a Prince of old
At Salem dwelt, who liv’d with good increase
Of flock and fold.

He sweetly liv’d; yet sweetnesse did not save
His life from foes.
But after death out of his grave
There sprang twelve stalks of wheat:
Which many wondring at, got some of those
To plant and set.

It prosper’d strangely, and did soon disperse
Through all the earth:
For they that taste it do rehearse,
That vertue lies therein,
A secret vertue bringing peace and mirth
By flight of sinne.

Take of this grain, which in my garden grows,
And grows for you;
Make bread of it: and that repose
And peace, which ev’ry where
With so much earnestnesse you do pursue,
Is onely there. Peace 1. Questions George Herbert was a Welsh-born English poet. He was also an Anglican priest. This explains why Herbert focuses the poem on peace after death. The peace after death the old man is referring to is heaven. Also, Herbert was raised in a wealthy family. He was able to receive a proper college education at the University of Cambridge. Due to this, he writes with proper language. Poet's Background Can peace or other spiritual enlightments be found, or gained through experience? Give specific example Timed Writing What are some of the things that the poet believes are peace? What is the purpose of the old man telling the story? Knowledge Comprehension What is the main idea of this poem? Relate the man's idea of peace to the poet's idea of peace Application Identify the old man's meaning of peace. What approach would you use to find peace? Analysis How is peace related to death? What is the function of the "bread"? Synthesis Suppose you could talk to the poet, what would you suggest to him? How could you change the plot to make the theme more prominent? Evaluation Why did the old man choose to stop and talk to the poet? How would you compare the ideas of the poet and the old man? TPCASTT The poem Peace by George Herbert is a about the speaker looking for peace. The first place the speaker looks is in a cave and a rainbow. Both of these locations can symbolize knowledge or achievement. In both of these places he finds nothing. Later he looks in a garden and finds a crown imperial which symbolizes power and authority. He begins digging but only finds a worm. Relating back to the title of the poem, peace cannot be found but only gained through experience. The simplest things can bring peace to someone and in this case, it is making bread out of the grain. This takes place in Salem, which is a town in Jerusalem representing peace. The shift in the poem came when the reader became discouraged he could not find peace. He began to give up after not finding it in the cave, rainbow, or garden. The attitude is strength, and honor. It relates to real life because you never know what you’re going to find tomorrow. Each day brings a new beginning. Where art thou? Sweet food, where dost thou dwell? in the kitchen,
I'm hungry now.
I won't stop this fit I'm pitchin,
'til this hunger subsides.
My tummy rumbles like a herd of cow:
for food that hides.

I am searching for a big juicy treat
wanting, said I.
I long for a taste of great meat:
I can't wait until dinner.
By time it was cooked, I could have read a book.
Time is a sinner.

Then went I to a table, and did eat
An enlarging meal,
It all laid before me. "Sure," I'd feast,
"How about we dig in?"
But when I had dug in, I had a feel
To reach a bin.

At last when allowed, I was excused,
I saw it there
I asked for it, my mom accused:
"You just ate a burger
That had onion, which I had to cut with care
While you sit in gore.

"You can sit there and watch it, but it's mine
That is my cake.
But after you eat your veggies
There will be dessert for you;
Though if you would like to, you can help me to make
Dessert that's new.

I'd fin'lly gave up, and soon did consume
All of my food:
Conversation did then resume,
Of the sweets I could make,
All of a sudden I was in the mood
For chocolate cake.

Once I had all the ingredients there,
I realized this;
The hunger I once couldn't bear
Had left my stomach now
An opportunity I had missed,
'Til the next growl.
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