Responses to Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace is a legendary song” published in 1779”(www.princeton.edu/-achaney/tmve/wiki100/docs/Amazing-Grace.html) that is also a poem where there are verses in this poem that suggest that the composer John Newton (1725-1807) was going through a pivotal point in his life and he felt that by writing these harmonic verses in rhythmic metaphors could captivate and inspire not only those that read “Amazing Grace” but especially everyone that listened to its meaning. Conviction can come at a time when it seems you are most likely going to die from an act of God, and all the wrong that someone has done becomes a consciously enormous burden when they start to consider what the after life may have as punishment or reward. There are many different responses to this poem. Most of the responses are positive, but when you look at the author John Newton’s life you will start begin to understand the gist of what he is saying and the meaning behind them. The point of view, tone, and content are some elements that prompt some very interesting responses that may alter someone’s thoughts and actions
John Newton‘s tells this poem Amazing Grace in the first person narrative so that the readers and listeners be able to relate to the poem as a song or a poem. The poem has transformations that take place in the author’s life because he speaks of how he was such a bad person that has been saved. Newton states this in the text book by saying” (That saved a wretch like me” (Section 9.3) Telling this story in first person is a very effective way to demonstrate the sincerity that it was meant to covey.
The tone that “ Amazing Grace “ has is that of a somber man on the verge of depression and having a nervous breakdown to be delivered by good so that he can be forgiven for all the atrocities he inflicted on the slaves when he was the captain of an slave ship. Not knowing the...