This sentence encourages us to be confident while still being aware that we may be mistaken. It is also difficult to "not repay ill for evil" unless one is humble. Evil deeds will be returned tenfold, and there's no escaping this fact--but the righteous will be saved from destruction. Humility allows one to accept this truth rather than live in fear.
When we stand up when it is simpler to tumble down, this is referred to be courage. According to what we've been informed, when dishonesty or unjust methods are used by those in power to gain advantage, people will call them courageous. Therefore, courage can be seen as an act of defiance towards established authority.
Cynicism is the belief that other people are selfish and self-interested, so it isn't surprising if they appear to have courage. Cynics believe that human nature is such that we need only look at how many ways there are for someone to make money from you without doing anything good for you. They think that most people are like this, so they don't respect or admire anyone who they think might be different. Because they don't trust anyone, a cynical person won't even give another person the chance to show themselves worthy of trust until that person has proven themselves trustworthy first.
Without faith in others, it's impossible to get ahead in life.
They beseech God to pardon their foes and cleanse their hearts of hatred. This prayer asks that God would grant them mercy.
The meek believe that God will honor such requests.
The poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling refers to a wide range of moral concepts. Kipling urges his reader to "keep your head" when everyone else is losing theirs in the first line. This refers to the moral importance of being sensible in the face of adversity. The next two lines describe how innocence is preserved even through tragedy when one has "the courage and the will". Then, in the last line, Kipling states that humanity is best shown not by wrongdoing but rather by helping others.
Kipling uses poetry as a tool for teaching moral lessons. His poems are often based on popular stories at the time they were written. In this case, the story behind "If" is based on a Greek myth about a princess who was turned into a bear because she had the bad luck to be born on Friday the 13th. (According to some versions of this myth, the bear was saved by being given human qualities by Zeus in the form of a swan.) Although most bears are black, many people with red hair are also able to turn white or brown when they get older. Thus, "if you can look into the heart of a bear, then you should know that no matter what color it is, it is still just a bear inside."
Kipling also uses poetry as a medium for expressing personal opinions. In the first line of "If", he declares that humanity needs to keep its head during times of trouble.
I came up with the following attitude adjectives for this poem: confident, motivating, and serious. I say confident because the speaker is confident they will rise above the insults and hatred. They stress how many times they will ascend. Motivating because the speaker realizes that life is short and they should live it to the fullest. Last, I say serious because the speaker treats racism as a real issue that needs to be addressed seriously.
Phillis Wheatley wrote the poem "On Virtue." She is attempting to define "virtue" in this book. She uses the poem to assert that her goodness is unreachable, at least without the help of God. Purity, kindness, and salvation are all aspects of virtue in her eyes. She also believes that virtue should lead to happiness.
Wheatley was born in 1753 in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father was from Virginia and her mother was from Massachusetts. When she was only seven years old, her family moved to London, England where they stayed for three years. They returned to America when Wheatley was 10 so she could go to school. In 1770, she entered the New York Charity School where she learned reading, writing, arithmetic, and sewing. The next year, she went to the New Jersey State Prison for Girls where she taught students who were unable to pay for tuition.
Wheatley's love for poetry started when she was a child. Her parents wanted her to become an attorney or a minister but she felt that writing poems was more fun. She published two books of poems before she turned 20.
In 1777, Wheatley married James Wheatley who worked as a clerk for a shipping company. He encouraged her to write more poems but she felt that it wasn't enough to be a good writer - you needed money to survive.
9.3 THE VALIDITY OF HUMAN DESIRES (1749) In Johnson's poem, however, Juvenal's sharp humour is tempered by Christian stoicism, which seeks to depress human pride and highlight the foolishness of human desire. In particular, he suggests that our vain attempts to win love and glory are equally illusory, for they are simply not capable of satisfaction.
The poem is a response to an unnamed critic who has attacked Pope's work as being full of false piety and hypocrisy. In order to prove his point, Johnson quotes from several poets (including Homer, Horace and Ovid) to show that worldly fame and love are indeed fleeting pleasures that anyone who claims otherwise is being deceitful.
In the last line of the poem, Pope seems to suggest that it is better to be lowly praised for one's virtues than ignored for one's sins, but this interpretation isn't supported by the context of the poem. It is more likely that he is simply making a sarcastic comment on how popular opinions can change quickly ("such contemptible things / Are now the theme of courts and camps") without actually saying anything meaningful or true.