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Let me combine,
And feel this day thy victories:
For, if I imp my wing on thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight on me."
Ifeel that this poem is saying that you can't just "create" someone then leave
them on their own to grow. They will not grow into a strong person with good
qualities. A person needs nurturing, love, and support before they can take
"flight" on their own. the last line says this more directly, if he puts his
wing just over the other persons then their strenght will push him to be strong
and begin his own flight. The reference to the Lord's creation of man is only
symbolic, I feel that he is speaking indirectly about parenting and society's
affect on a person.
I do not understand what the last line ("Affliction shall advance the flight on
me") is saying. How does affliction fit into it?
Why is the reference to the Lord's creation only symbolic??
Knowing Herbert, it was probably strictly about religion.
i think affliction means like friction, when the one wing moves and begins
flight the other will recieve the initial push to do the same.
Flight could have multiple meanings:
uplifting of spirit, or running away
I felt that he was talking about man and the creation. I thought he was saying
that God created man and gave man everything, yet man "foolishly" lost what he
gave and became more and more corrupt. The poet is asking for God to let him
sing the Lord's praises and by so doing he will fall in the sight of others and
this fall will enable him to be closer to God.
Shannon why does he use 'fall'??? That sounds so counterproductive , when
he's wanting to fly.
Alicia Lane Jones:
Correct me if I am wrong,however, if we look at the title, maybe THIS poem
reflects the second coming of Christ - didn't that happen on Easter - or does
easter refer to something else?
Affliction seems to mean some sort of punishment in this passage. It advancing
the flight in me refers to punishment maybe leading the speaker to do right and
therefore advancing his flight to heaven.
I thought affliction meant that if he is hurt by others because he is "flying"
with God his "flight " will advance or his life will be happier.
I think that he is asking God to forgive him for all the wrong things he has
done. He is simply wanting to be ackowledge by God and asking for help and
strength to change and correct his life, so that he can sing wonderful praises
up to God.
Alicia, you are right it is a poem of the second coming of Chrisr
I'm not really sure except maybe he means fall from the graces of society.
Maybe he's thinking that if he follows God he will be persecuted.
another part that seems to support this interpretation would be:
"And still with sickness and shame
Thou didst so punish sinne,
That I became
it seems to be refering to societies tedency to shy away from those that need
help the most. when someone looks sickly we don't want to help and that only
makes it worse. agood example would be the homeless.
colleen ....i agree, it had to be about religion. he must be casting a sermon
down. the wings will only protect you for so long. soon you must make
choices. make the right one or else. what the else is, i do not know
Alicia, I think you're onto something. Easter is about the rising of Christ.
It coould, in fact be speaking of the second rising of Christ.
I think your right.
What is the deal with the shape of the poem?
Alicia Lane Jones:
you know when you are born you don't have any memory of God - it may take a
while to find him again. Maybe this is saying that at his tender age he was
foolish and not looking in the right places, but now he has found God and wants
I think it is to symbolize the wings and the uplifiting flight the guy is about
to go on.
i feel that in both "redemption" and this poem i failed to see the religious
connections/interpretations but what shannon said about this poem and what we
discussed in class do make sense.
wha does That I became most thinne mean?
Alicia....you are getting pretty deep. I kind of agree though
Jignesh, I think the shape resembles a bird, possibly a dove. A dove is used
a lot in the Bible to symbolize some sort of overcoming or redemption, the
title does also have the word "wings" in it.
I thought the quote "And still with sickness and shame\Thou didst so punish
sinne,\That I became\Most thinne" is illustrating God's way of letting people
deal with their sins and suffer their consequences regardless of their
looking at your interpretation i think maybe he became thin because sin was
punished with sickness and he was sinning by not believing or following?
Shannon, I know you asked Alicia, but i think of "thinne" meaning a moral
thinness. Obviously the speaker has done some wrongs in order to be
Is "Thinne" thin or thine
I think in his own personal way, he's renewing his vows with God. Easter
probably had something to do with it. He says: "My tender age in sorrow did
beginne. . .that I became most thinne." He's remembering what part God plays
in his life and wants to continue down that path.
Shannon: I think it's thin.
i do to
It's kind of neat the way the poem's shape becomes the narrowest when it says
If its moral thinness what do the lines before it mean
Alicia Lane Jones:
Do you all think thinne refers to thin or thine?
what is thine?
thin. what's thine
oh, maybe most his?
Alicia, Are you saying that before we are born we know God, but when we are
born we forget Him?
thine means that this poet is God's
Alicia Lane Jones:
thine means yours
Vocal arrangement of Easter Wings
Medium-high voice and piano, 430-411 For Sale.)
Background: song of a true lark