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George Herbert's Love

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George Herbert's "Love" There is one basic meaning and one deeper meaning to this poem: the basic meaning is the poet on a romantic dinner with a lover. The deeper meaning is that the speaker is a lost soul that God is helping. The Meaning The Poem God tells the poet to “ ‘sit down… and taste my meat,’ ” (17), inviting him to eat his flesh and drink his blood. The poet accepts God’s power as well as his own faults, “So I did sit and eat,” (18). This last line again refers to Communion, as the poet takes God into himself. In this act he accepts God’s forgiveness and shows respect to God’s sacrifice on the cross for all sins, taking all blame. Love (God) is at the door and our main character is declaring his unworthiness in joining love. He specifically says he is not worthy to look upon love. Love says that it is fine because "Love made his eyes." http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/herbert/love3.htm

LOVE (III)
by George Herbert


Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack'd anything.

"A guest," I answer'd, "worthy to be here";
Love said, "You shall be he."
"I, the unkind, the ungrateful? ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee."
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
"Who made the eyes but I?"

"Truth, Lord, but I have marr'd them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve."
"And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?"
"My dear, then I will serve."
"You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat."
So I did sit and eat. About George Herbert Born: April 3, 1593 Montgomery, Scotland Significance: All poems share same religious theme. Notable works: Easter Wings, The Altar, Love, Etc, Occupation: Priest, Poet Death: March 1, 1633 Bemerton Willshire, England Structure: It has a rhyme pattern of ABABCC. It consists of four stanzas each containing six lines. Tone and Mood

The tone George Herbert portrays appears to be as if he is eternally grateful for what love has given to him.
The mood is also given to the reader as if they almost feel guilty for accepting what love has given to him. Herbet shows much psychological insight in dramatizing much humans are resistant to love by asking for punishment even after the lord takes him by the hand and smiles. George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh-born English poet,and Anglican priest.
Being born into an artistic and wealthy family, he received a good education that led to his holding prominent positions at Cambridge University and Parliament. As a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, Herbert excelled in languages and music. He went to college to become a priest, but his scholarship attracted the attention of King James I/VI. Herbert served in Parliament for two years. . Follow up Questions:

Is there something you constantly do, that you know is bad and feel guilty for it?

Do you ever experience lack of faith in yourself? Herbet is often thought of as a person of a secure and lasting faith, but many of his poems reveal that beneath such a faith is a large amount of tension and worry with his religion
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