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Easter Wings

By George Herbert

Seidy Velez

on 2 April 2013

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Transcript of Easter Wings

Holy Mr. Herbert Herbert was born on April 3rd, 1593 to an eminent family. His father died three years after his birth, leaving his mother with ten children to raise. George Herbert grew up to be a very educated man, receiving both a bacholors and masters degree. Two years after Herbert's college graduation he was elected as a major fellow trinity. Later he was appointed as a reader in Rhetoric at Cambridge. He became a representative to Parliament but later resigned to marry his step-fathers cousin, Jane Denvers, and began taking holy orders in the Church of England. He devoted his life to parishioners as an Anglican priest, writing poetry, and helping rebuild a church with his own money. S - I - F - T George Herbert Easter Wings 1633: Easter Wings was originally written in Latin, but it was translated into English with the use of archaic terms such as createdst, poore, thee, beginne, etc.

imp: to repair a falcon's wing or tail by grafting on feathers. All of Herbert's poems were published after his death on March 1st, 1633. Not much happened in 1633 (that was documented) other than the trial of Galileo Galilei for his Copernican Theory. Galileo was forced to recant his theory. - each stanza is written in
ababacdcdc format.
- the length of each line provides meaning to the poem. SYNTAX: IMAGERY: Easter Wings is full of imagery, from it's shape to the diction. The poem itself is shaped as two sets of wings.

"decaying more and more til he became most poore"
"as larks, harmoniously" DICTION: In the first stanza he chooses the word "decaying" as the length of each line seems to literally be decaying. Then he says "O let me rise" as the lines simultaneously seem to lengthen. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE: Alliteration -
1. "further the flight in me"
2. "still with sickness and shame"
Allusion -
1. "foolishly he lost... fall" (1st stanza, lines 2-10) - sin/death introduced as punishment for humankind (Adam & Eve).
2. Victory: Corinthians
Metaphor -
1. Wings
Repetition -
1. "he became/I became" lines 4 and 14.
2. "with thee" lines 6 and 16
3. Different forms of the word "victory" is repeated throughout the poem.
4. "Shall" lines 10 and 20
5. "further the flight in me/advance the flight in me" lines 10 and 20.
Simile -
1. "O let me rise/As larks, harmoniously"
Paradox -
1. "For, if I imp my wing on thine/affliction shall advance the flight in me" last two lines of 2nd stanza - journery of life after death, a fixed wing will strengthen him.
Personification -
1. tender age in sorrow TONE: Easter Wings is mostly sad, yet the speaker still has hope towards the end of each stanza. THEME: In his comparison of life and flight, Herberts "Easter Wings" is a metaphysical poem. George Herbert wanted us to understand that we will face many difficulties throughout our journeys in life, but regardless of the situation, we can overcome and learn from them, even when our wings seem to be broken. Works Cited: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/628


webster's dictionary
& some help from mom. Seidy Velez,
Melissa Joseph,
Brianna Hollomon
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