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 are some examples of how the speaker uses this metaphor to explain his relationship to God:
"I am the dung fly on the carter's cart / I am the sponge that drinks the water oh so gratefully" (l.1-2)
He wants you to know that he is no more than the servant of God who does what God tells him to do. He uses the carter and the sponge as examples to make his point. A carter is a driver of horses used for transportation. In other words, he is a person who drives people around in carts. A sponge is a piece of cloth used to soak up water. In other words, he is a person who lives a humble life and serves others without getting anything in return.
"I am the wheel upon whose rim God has set his name / I am the horn that sounds an alarm to call men back to God" (l.13-14)
He repeats the same thing again.
"Huswifery" emerges from a complex parallel between cloth production and God's provision of redemption via grace. A conceit is a form of metaphor in which a lengthy comparison between two strikingly dissimilar things—a simple housekeeping duty and salvation—is made. The phrase "housekeeping by Christian women" was commonly used to describe the activities that would have been done by servants or slaves before the coming of Christianity. These duties included cooking, cleaning, laundry, and tending to the household animals.
Household chores were considered menial work, so it wasn't surprising that they were usually left to women. Jesus said in Matthew 20:11 that "the lord thy God shall supply all your need according to his riches," which means that he will provide you with the resources you need for life's necessities. This includes providing you with a job or even vocation if that is what you desire.
In the Old Testament, God supplied food for his people but didn't save them from their sins. However, under the New Covenant, his son Jesus Christ provided both food and salvation for his people. Husbandly love is important in a marriage, but it isn't the only thing needed to fulfill this commandment. Housekeeping by Christian women involves being subject to one's husband as head of the household but also includes helping him in any way you can (including not arguing with him if he is being unreasonable).
In her poem, Bradstreet employs two key literal elements: expanded metaphor and inversion. The expanded metaphor expands on her thoughts about being rewarded in paradise. The inversion flips these ideas on its head by comparing what little pleasure she experienced during this terrible disaster to the blissful life she knew in heaven.
Bradstreet uses language that would have been understood by her audience. By describing how she felt upon hearing that her house had burned down, she is able to get her message across to them. At the same time, this allows her to express herself creatively, using adjectives and metaphors to explain how she feels about losing this part of her life. One such example is when she says, "Our poverty was rich, their wealth was poor." She is saying that their great fortune is less than what she has lost, which makes sense because if they had nothing then it would be as good as having something destroyed.
Literary devices such as metaphors help writers communicate complex ideas in a simple way that readers can understand. By explaining what little pleasure she got out of living in poverty, Bradstreet is showing that her situation was not as bad as it might seem at first glance. Also, by describing how her family's great misfortune was comparable to entering paradise, she is showing that they were not alone in this trial.
I'll lose my soul if I give up. "Go with God as well." This passage from Chapter 5 of The Pearl is an example of a metaphor: "He was an animal now, for hiding, for attacking, and he lived just to save himself and his family." This is on page 62 of my copy, which is a Penguin paperback version. I think the original publisher was Bantam Books.
A metaphor is a figure of speech in which one thing is used to describe another thing that is different but related; for example, "birds of a feather flock together." Metaphors are common in poetry and prose because they help us explain things quickly while using only a few words. People use metaphors all the time when talking about ideas or things that are difficult to describe.
Metaphors can also be used in religion. For example, many people believe that Jesus suffered and died for our sins, but some people say that Jesus can save us by giving us His love instead. They are saying that Jesus is able to save us because He has no sin to atone for. Jesus is being described as a bird here because birds don't have any kind of sin problem. They are pure of heart so God doesn't need to punish them for their mistakes.
Another religious metaphor is the idea that prayer changes reality. When we pray, we're telling God what needs to be done in the world and asking Him to make it happen.
My God is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; he is my shelter, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. God is compared to a rock, as in the previous case. However, this idea is developed in this Psalm passage. A rock can be a protection or a trap. Here, God is called both our protection and our punishment. Rocks were commonly used by builders as a form of currency before coins came into use. If someone was willing to work for you, you could pay him with food, which would be useful if you had any land to farm. If not, then the worker would be paid in rocks, which could be used to build your house or armor.
The psalmist is saying that though other people may try to protect themselves with weapons, walls, or guards, only God can be trusted to do so. Only God can be relied upon to never fail or betray us.
There are several other metaphors used to describe God in the Bible. They include:
God is referred to as light in the Bible. He is said to light up the darkness (Job 26:7), and his presence gives life to those who follow him (John 10:10).
God is also described as fire in the Bible. He burns with passion for us, and he will not keep his anger forever (Hebrews 12:29).
In this poetry, the animals are all nicely portrayed and used as metaphors for the woolen socks. The concept is that by using metaphorical language, the socks come to life, much like actual, living animals. There are animals from all around the world, including the sea, the sky, and the ground. Each one has been identified through its characteristics, which include feet, feathers, scales, or legs.
The poem starts with "Ode" followed by the name of the poet. In this case, it's William Wordsworth. It goes on to say that he wishes that his socks would live up to their potential as clothes because they have feelings and think about something other than dirty feet. At the end, he asks them to help him make decisions about what to do with his life.
Wordsworth was a British Romantic poet. He lived from 1770-1850. His works include poems, essays, and letters. One of his best-known poems is "Ode: Intimations of Immortality".
Without getting too deep into the story, the idea behind the ode is that humanity is made up of two parts: body and soul. The soul is what makes us unique individuals while the body is what we use to interact with our environment. Body and soul are both needed to be happy and survive.