George Herbert's "The Altar"

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George Herbert's "The Altar"

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A close examination of how Herbert uses the form to mirror content or meaning in his poetry.

Description

Similar to his poem, "Easter Wings," Herbert's "The Altar" uses form to mirror the content or meaning of the text. In "The Altar," the speaker describes an altar comprised of his "heart" (line 2) and "cemented with tears" (line 2). Essentially, the speaker's heart or faith is the altar upon which he expresses his devotion to God. In fact, the speaker is willing to sacrafice his own heart to "sanctify" (line 16) or prove to God his devotion and faith. Like "Easter Wings," "The Altar" is in the shape of an altar, again mirroring the content of the poem and emphasizing the meaning of the text.

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George Herbert

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George Herbert

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Poetry

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Citation

George Herbert, “George Herbert's "The Altar",” Poetry in the Archives, accessed June 22, 2018, http://poetryinthearchiveshuvcp.omeka.net/items/show/54.

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