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Transcript of Easter Wings
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
- 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"
1. "foolishly he lost... fall" (1st stanza, lines 2-10) - sin/death introduced as punishment for humankind (Adam & Eve).
2. Victory: Corinthians
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.
1. "O let me rise/As larks, harmoniously"
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.
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
& some help from mom. Seidy Velez,