God Speaks Through The Mouths Of Poets

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God Speaks Through The Mouths Of Poets

Every poem has an element of God in it's words. Just as God spoke
through the writings of Peter or Matthew, elements of His word are in the
beautiful themes in poetry. In this essay, I will compare the poems of
William Blake and William Wordsworth with the written Word of God, in five
poems: The Lamb, The Chimney Sweeper, The Tyger, My Heart Leaps Up, and
London 1802. My aim is to show that the writings of great poets are truly
the words of God. Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made
thee? These begin the words of William Blake's The Lamb. Just as God asks
us, Blake questions our understanding of our creator. If we are seen as
the lambs of God, meek and tender, can we really understand the generosity
and glory of a God who gave us life? He did give us life, and Blake tells
us that we take this great gift for granted. So, he asks "Dost thou know
who made thee?" So God created man in His own image; in the image of God
he created him; male and female, He created them. Genesis 1:27 Anyone who
has seen a lamb knows that it is a weak creature; unable to protect it's
self from the strength of an evil predator. If we are the Lamb, then we
must rely on the protection of our Shepherd, God. Why would Blake call us
a Lamb then? Aren't we stronger than any other animal upon this earth? I
think that God would tell us "No," for it is He who gives us life strength,
as Blake says in the next few linesà Gave thee life & bid thee feed, By
the stream & o're the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest
clothing wooly bright, What strength could man have without the gifts of
God: life, food, clothing. We would have none! And Jesus said to them, "I
am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who
believes in Me shall never thirst." John 6:33 William Blake saw that the
individual man was so removed from Nature and his Creator. As science
progressed, and society seemed so wrapped up in it's money making, it's
industry and it's politics, haven't we lost touch with what is truly
important? While we see ourselves as giants, Blake reminds us that we are
just lambs. A lamb is just a baby, and needs the love of it's mother to
survive. Who are we to ignore the one who gives us life and gives us food?
Because we think we have grown, we believe we do not need to ask ourselves,
"Who made thee?" In Blake's next poem, The Chimney Sweeper, he shows us
just how much we still need God. Throughout history, man has been so
inhumane to his fellow man. Every culture has experienced some sort of
slavery or oppression.

When one thinks of how man has even enslaved his own young, I wonder how
muc lower we can degrade ourselves. The Chimney Sweeper is a poem speaking
of such inhumanity. As I read the words, "à I was very young, And my
Father sold me while yet my tongue could scarcely cry weep! weep! weep!
weepà" I wonder if there is any God left in the hearts of men....

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