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Johannes Agricola in Meditation

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Selena Waghorn

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Transcript of Johannes Agricola in Meditation

Johannes Agricola in Meditation
-Selena Waghorn

Poem summary
The speaker is a
lawless christian
. He doesn't obey the
laws of ethics or morality
due to him being the 'chosen one'
He can do whatever he wants
and he will not be judged by God.
The speaker states that
God is a mystery
so therefore his relationship with God is that of a Spiritual one.
Browning presents the identity of the speaker to be that of one with a secure vision. He emphasizes that God had been thinking about him way before earth was created and that his fate had been written out for him. He will live a prosperous life and he will never have to worry unlike those that haven't been chosen by God.
Who or what is foregrounded?
In the poem there is a strong reference to God. I believe Browning does this in order to emphasis that the speakers relationship with God is strong and unbreakable.

However, there is a reference to the people who weren't chosen. Browning does this in order to show that the non chosen ones are so desperate to be recognized by God that they end up becoming "Worshipers" Whilst the chosen one is a normal person.
Observations on the poetic voice.
Whilst the speaker has a consistent tone of self importance and arrogance, it is pretty clear that under all that egotistical exterior he is lonely. At the beginning and end of the poem there is a small moment of vulnerability. Loneliness is projected through that due to the timing of the poem being set at night where the truth comes out.

Linguistic features+Explanation
Speakers identity: "God thought on me his child." -Arrogance, diminutive "Child" expresses that he's innocent and special.
"God smiles as he has always smiled." -Intensifier "Always" Shows his supreme confidence in knowing that whatever he does God will smile at him.
Foregrounded the people: "Priest, Doctor, hermit, monk grown white with prayer, the heart broken nun, the martyr and the wan acolyte." -A semantic field of religion, to show rejection of Gods love.
The identity of the speaker
The speakers identity in the poem also reveals he is arrogant. The speaker is arrogant because he knows his life is easy, he doesn't have to struggle to gain Gods affection for he has already received it.

The speakers identity in the poem also reveals that he's supremely confident in his ability to stabilize his relationship with God. He knows that no matter what he does God will never leave him and due to him knowing that he can commit the most biggest sins of all and God will love him nonetheless.

The speaker is egocentric, he ravishes in the fact that he is the chosen one and he most definitely loves the fact that God was thinking about him way before the earth was created.


The speaker of the poem is lonely because he can't relate to the non-chosen people. He doesn't know what its like to struggle for Gods affection because he already has it.

He's also lonely because he has this |fashionable and idyllic lifestyle that no one else has. He's living a life where everything has been set out for him that he doesn't know what to do with it all.
Linguistic features and explanation.
Observations of poetic voice: Lonely.
"And all their striving turned to sin" -Granting himself permission to behave in a destructive way.
"And night by night." -temperol deixis.
I
dentity of the speaker: Supremily confident in himself (person deixis) "I have Gods warrant." (I have-dynamic verb) has his own free will. Can do whatever he wants to do.
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