Virtue by George Herbert | Poetry Foundation.
- 1 What is the poem virtue about?
- 2 What is the structure of the poem virtue?
- 3 Why shall the dew weep on its end?
- 4 Why does the Rose bid the rash gazer wipe his eyes?
- 5 Does virtue mean virginity?
- 6 How does the author build tension in the poem?
- 7 What do Sweet Day Rose and spring symbolism in the poem virtue?
- 8 What is the message that the poet gives his readers in his poem virtue?
- 9 What is the central thought of the first three stanzas of virtue?
- 10 What does the poet mean by the opening lines sweet day?
- 11 Which virtue has been personified in the poem?
- 12 What is the meaning of the poem A noiseless patient spider?
- 13 What is the meaning of the poem art thou poor?
- 14 Why does the poet compare virtuous soul with seasoned timber?
- 15 How does the shape of the poem Easter wings help express its meaning?
What is the poem virtue about?
‘Virtue’ is one of George Herbert’s spiritual poems stressing the need of keeping a virtuous soul. Herbert chiefly talks about “a sweet and virtuous soul” that remains forever even if the sweet things of nature are prone to decay and loss.
What is the structure of the poem virtue?
Style and Structure “Virtue” is a four-quatrain lyric, each of which contains three iambic tetrameter lines and a final iambic dimeter line. Each quatrain’s shift line has a great effect. The same fundamental pattern also follows each stanza.
Why shall the dew weep on its end?
The dew shall weep because the sweet day will die in night. The evening dew is regarded. Here is the tear of mourning over the death of the sweet day. Beyond death, the line also suggests grief at the loss of paradise on Earth, the Fall, which is the original cause of death in the Judeo-Christian story of the Creation.
Why does the Rose bid the rash gazer wipe his eyes?
In the poem “Virtue,” the rose bids the gazer to wipe his eyes because the gazer has been moved to tears by the beauty of the rose.
Does virtue mean virginity?
conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude. chastity; virginity: to lose one’s virtue. a particular moral excellence. a good or admirable quality or property: the virtue of knowing one’s weaknesses.
Writing in the first person and in the present tense enhances tention in a poem by placing the reader close to the suspense, or mystery. Line breaks that create disjunction can generate and control tension by causing readers to pause or stop, even if only briefly, to reflect upon meaning.
What do Sweet Day Rose and spring symbolism in the poem virtue?
Herbert uses these three things to carry the theme of the transitory nature of life that his poem has. Day always ends; and “the dew shall weep thy fall”. So, through nature-a rose, spring, a day-he is able to express his feeling of how life is a cycle of constant renewal, which includes death.
What is the message that the poet gives his readers in his poem virtue?
Yet, despite Herbert’s sense of the world’s loveliness, his poems often reflect the transience of that beauty and the folly of investing it with any real value. In “Virtue,” he presents a vision of an eternal world beyond the one available to sense perception.
What is the central thought of the first three stanzas of virtue?
In the first three stanzas, the poet convinces us that everything is going to die in the end. However, in the last stanza, the poet precisely contradicts his previous words by telling us how only a virtuous soul can live even if everything perishes.
What does the poet mean by the opening lines sweet day?
This line clearly brings out the theme of transience in this earth. He says that the sweet day with the cool, calm and bright sun will die with the passing of time and at the fall of night. The ‘dew’ is personified and it is weeping for the passing of the day.
Which virtue has been personified in the poem?
Answer: In “On His Blindness” by John Milton, the abstract concept of patience is personified.
What is the meaning of the poem A noiseless patient spider?
“A Noiseless Patient Spider” explores the relationship between the individual self and the larger world. The poem depicts a spider that is isolated in space but actively sending filaments “out of itself,” seeking connection as it builds its web.
What is the meaning of the poem art thou poor?
Analysis. The poem tells us that not all those who are rich are and not all those who are poor are sad. It also tells us that, if we are poor, yet we are rich metaphorically speaking, (e.g. rich in soul, full of love… etc.), then we are more lucky than those who are rich yet feel as if they are a walking corpse.
Why does the poet compare virtuous soul with seasoned timber?
Through a metaphoric explanation the poet says that A seasoned timber cannot be burnt and changed into coal and therefore it never surrender to corrosion. Similarly the virtuous soul remains unchanged in spite of the passing of time.
How does the shape of the poem Easter wings help express its meaning?
If you turn the poem sideways, you can see the shape of two pairs of wings. The Easter theme in this poem operates at two levels: The shape represents a dying or falling, then rising pattern, which is the theme of the Easter story. The top half of each stanza focuses on the problems caused by human sin.