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The Relationship Of Earthly Life And Spiritual Salvation Created By Edward Taylor’s Symbolism

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Edward Taylor’s Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children and Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold are similar in their approach with the illustration of how beautiful and magnificent God’s creations are to humankind. However, each poem presents tragic misfortune, such as the death of his own children in Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children and the cold, enigmatic nature of human soul in Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold. Both poems create an intriguing correlation between earthly life and spiritual salvation while maintaining the element of how cruel reality can be. Both poems manifest a correlation between earthly life and spiritual salvation, which is how you react to the problems you face on Earth, determines your spiritual karma and the salvation that God has in store for you.
In Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children, Taylor uses personification and imagery by creating the setting of the union between him and his wife on his wedding day. He states that “It was the True-Love Knot, more sweet than spice, /And set with all the flowers of Grace’s dress./It’s Wedden’s Knot, that ne’re can be untied:/No Alexander’s Sword can it divide.” (Taylor 3-6). While in this union, he uses a ‘knot’, which is a bevy of flowers within a flower bed, in contrast to the birth of two of his many children, Elizabeth Taylor and Abigail Taylor. This comparison is used to elucidate the lifespan of a flower and use it in relation to that of a human being.
Near the end of the poem, Taylor gives off a joyous and happy expression in the death of his children by saying, “That as I said, I say, take, Lord, they’re Thine./I piecemeal pass to Glory brought in them.” (Taylor 39-40). This statement creates an image to the reader that he holds no angst towards God in the death of his children and would rather have his children wallow in the grace of God that suffer amongst the hands of humanity. In turn, Edward Taylor’s ability to maintain strength and happiness,...

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