"Huswifery" emerges from an intricate parallel between fabric production and God's provision of salvation via grace. A conceit is a form of metaphor that compares two seemingly unrelated things, such as a simple housekeeping duty and redemption. The duty of wifehood includes all aspects of household management, including textile production. Maternity is a fundamental aspect of marriage, since the husband'...
The poem "Huswifery" by Edward Taylor links God's gift of salvation to the work of producing fabric. That must imply that God is being likened to a textile manufacturer. However, the comparison encompasses all aspects of clothing production. It begins with describing how God has gifted women with "skill and art," which implies that they could not perform this task themselves. Then it goes on to say that they have used this gift to serve him. This last part suggests that men are the ones who first created clothes for use on earth, not God.
In conclusion, the poem states that women were created for man, not man for woman. This means that they should look after him and provide for his needs, just as he looks after them and provides for their every desire.
Women have been given the role of looking after home and family since men were created. This role includes cooking and cleaning as well as taking care of the children when they are sick or crying. A husband or father should be able to find satisfaction in providing for his family's needs and desires. He does not need clothes to do this.
Even though men don't need clothes to make them complete, they can benefit from having clean clothes to wear every day. This way, they can go about their daily lives with a clear conscience, knowing that they looked good.
The poem "Huswifery" describes Edward Taylor's longing to get closer to God while doing everything that is pleasant to the Puritan religion. The poem's title refers to the everyday duties that Puritan housewives were obliged to perform, such as spinning and weaving. These included tasks such as harvesting crops, slaughtering animals for meat, cleaning out animal sheds, and taking care of the household's other needs.
Husbandry means the management of livestock, especially breeding and feeding them over a long period in order to obtain maximum production from them. It is also a term used by farmers for the management of farmland, including irrigation, fertilization, and pest control.
In agriculture, husbandry is the art or science of farming. In this context, it includes animal breeding, the selection of breeds within species, and cross-breeding to produce hybrids who are more productive or adaptable than pure strains.
In zoology, husbandry is the care and treatment of animals for the purpose of enhancing their usefulness or pleasureability.
In forestry, husbandry is the practice of caring for trees with the aim of improving their quality and longevity. This may include planting trees, common practices today but which became popular only recently, such as tree pits or woodland gardens where each plant is cared for individually about its own size so that none will dominate the others.
The speaker offers himself up as God's lowly earthly servant through an extended metaphor in which God is a fabric manufacturer and the speaker functions as God's cloth-making equipment. According to the poem, the only way to know and serve God is to obey God's directions and live a truly devout life. The speaker claims that he has done just that and so should be given a noble job in heaven.
Here is how Pope Benedict XVI describes the metaphorical use of clothing in this poem: "In 'The Cloister Walk' [Browning] shows us that true knowledge of God can only come about by walking according to His will. This means living a virtuous life and doing everything we can to help other people do the same. It also means accepting whatever fate God has for us and striving to lead a good life even if we are not granted any further opportunities to do so."
Clothing metaphors are very common in poetry. They often represent something else entirely but here they mean that the poet is willing to give up some of his or her worldly possessions - including fame - in order to follow God. These poems are all about faith in action.
Looking at these poems, it seems like a difficult choice for anyone to surrender their clothes.