The source of the palmist problems could have happened as a result of self, God, or an enemy. In psalms 42 the psalmist is force to deal with self, the enemy and God. The 42nd palm’s anatomy fits the profile of an individual lament because the language describes an individual who is struggling with being disconnected from God.
His sermon is meant to pull at their heart strings and connect with their heart in order to knock the congregation off of the pedestal they put themselves on. Works Cited "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards
In “Aubade” you can see the fear the speaker has with the question, “What will happen if I die and there is no God?” In this poem, religion was seen as a type of security blanket instead of something realistic. Each of these poems speaks for the entirety of the Victorian Era and the twentieth-century. It wasn’t just poets who had doubts and struggles within their religious beliefs, but the common man felt the same way. Hazy faith was a prominent topic and thought that everyone struggled with, and each of these three poems show very different views on how a person might have seen and reacted to their religious situation.
The reader can feel the differences of the time period in the writings of these two men. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was a sermon by a pastor used to revive people’s faith to follow God. The audience is being approached with a calm tone that required them to really pay close attention to what was being said. On the other-hand, when reading Hawthorne’s piece of work a more eerie feeling is felt because he is speaking of dealing with evil rather than good. “Young Goodman Brown” used an allegory that was used to keep the character aware of who he was being influenced by.
The speaker of the poem offers himself to the Lord, presumably at an altar, as signified by the title and shape of the poem. The first couplet of the poem states, “A broken ALTAR, Lord thy servant rears / Made of a heart, and cemented with tears” (1-2). The poem states that the altar is broken, however, because this poem is metaphysical it is safe to assume that the speaker’s heart is broken too. The altar is not literally made of the speaker’s heart but the two objects are symbolically interchangeable. Stating the altar is “made of heart” and “cemented with tears” is textual evidence that verifies the brokenness of the speaker’s heart in comparison to the altar, and therefore reveals the metaphysical conceit at work within the poem.
Philip Larkin’s poetry topics range from rants about sex to his experiences with religion. Religion is one of the most predominant topics he uses and his attitude towards religion is seen through these poems. In several of his poems his attitude towards religion is shown through his various uses of diction and sarcasm. He writes about some church experiences and other experiences with God. Larkin has a sarcastic attitude towards religion in order to show his doubt in faith.
In this sermon he addressed the issues of man as a sinner, God's hate of sinners - wrath of God. Throughout the sermon he addressed the damnation of man, the process of salvation and redemption. He hammered at his congregation using guilt and fear for their souls. It is a moving and powerful sermon that would have put fear in my head if I was in attedance during this time. This sermon, delivered in 1741, persuaded his congregation to join him in his Christian beliefs.
Charlotte Barr and the Color of God In many of her poems, the contemporary poet Charlotte Barr provides insight into the relationship between God and man. "A Complaint to Her Lord in Her Loneliness," "Black and White," and "Color" all use the colors black, white, and red to explore the relationship between their speakers and God. The poems' speakers see these colors as indicators of their love for God. Through each of the poems, the use of color allows each speaker to come to a better understanding of her relationship with God. From a broader view, many of the things the speakers learn can be applied to the relationship between God and the ordinary man.
The negative aspects of the church that Hardy has presented through Tess, the questioning of faith, though Angel and the devilish doings of ‘born again Christians’ which he embodies through Alec are all insights to Hardy’s own beliefs and experiences with the Church. Some of Hardy’s life experiences have been hinted within each of the characters own story, for instance, Hardy’s failed marriage and Tess and Angel’s tense marriage relationship. Tess of the d’Urbervilles, incorporates many of the themes that were existent in the nineteenth-century and Thomas Hardy has used his characters and events of the novel to make comment about his own world.
Conflict and Resolution in Herbert's Discipline George Herbert’s struggle to be humble enough to fully accept God’s undying love can be located within each of his poems. The way in which Herbert conveys this conflict is by utilizing structure as well as metaphysical techniques. This combination of literary devices creates a physical reality that allows Herbert, or the poetic speaker, to “make his feelings immediately present” (245). These devices, at first, appear to be artificial and contradictory to the poet’s goal of making God’s word visible. Instead, literary techniques, for Herbert, help to emphasize how God controls everything from daily life to literature.