This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

"The Collar" By George Herbert Biography And Analysis

1973 words - 8 pages

In George Herbert's poem "The Collar," published in The Temple (1633), the author/persona rebels against the casuistry that the Christian life imposes, only to be brought back finally into childlike submission when he hears (or thinks he hears) the "Lord's" gentle rebuke. My argument is that, astoundingly, the poem's elaborate, random-seeming rhyme scheme--itself "collar-like" because it edges the poem--encodes witty messages that force us to rethink the poem's meaning, especially its serious tone.[1]The discovery explicated here belongs originally to Cary Ader, a Miami-Dade Community College student who proposed it in 1992 to his professor, Norbert Artzt, who passed it on to me because he ...view middle of the document...

To facilitate discussion, I have heightened several alphabetic strings with boldfaced type. Herbert's initial acrostic letterstring NOO (15,20-21,my emphasis) suggests that the other acrostic NO NO (33-36) that we "think we are hearing" is Herbert's authorized statement.The whispered "No! No!" is an appropriately soft-spoken negation reprimanding a "child"; concurrently, the "Amen" is preacher talk--but not the usual shout--that affirms. Thus these juxtaposed end elements gain oxymoronic force, their witty relevance suggesting both tedious authorization and intentional duplicity.Boldfaced strings (beginning with line 4) also heighten latent authorized letter strings that spell out BAD, DEAD, HID, and JIG--as well as a phonic version of "cabal" (KBLL) and some potential scatology (e.g., BM). A "jig"--with its playful "up-and-down" features--might also be a "joke," "trifle," or "trick" (1592) and thus a "dodge," "device," or "contrivance" (OED).The likelihood that Herbert contrived duplicitous rhyme scheme wit in "The Collar" gains support from a parallel pattern that (following Ader's model) can be extrapolated from another of Herbert's poems, "Deniall"[3]--a stanzaic work in which "NO NOO" echoes the titular "negation":Rhyme scheme Rhyme schemeA Bpierce/eares/verse/fears/disorder A B A B C A B A B Cbow/asunder/go/thunder/alarms D C D C E D E D E Fsay/benumme/day/come/hearing F G F G H G H G H Itongue/thee/long/knee/hearing I J I J H J K J K Isight/unstrung/right/hung/Discontented K L K L M L M L M Nbreast/time/request/chime/ryme N O N O O O P O P PThe rhyme scheme split as shown above, occurs because "asunder" may or may not rhyme with "disorder." This poem's rhymes are overtly playful because "disorder" is a "disorderly" nonrhyme and because "chime" and "ryme" do "chime and rhyme"--replacing disorder with formality. (The "odd-word" string reads, "Disorder alarms hearing--hearing discontented ryme.") "Ope up" (code . . . OP OPP) means "Discover." But "Nun 'O' "and" . . . leman / 'O' pop" (i.e., "mistress / ope up") are bawdy.In "The Collar" (and thus elsewhere) it even seems to be true that Herbert contrived whole rhyme scheme letterstrings (if not rhyming-word strings) to encode sequential coterie humor. The phonic explorations in the following diagrams (a) and (b)--"playthroughs" of a literate game--show meaning of a sort that can be generated when clever authorial manipulation consorts with the playful nature of language itself:(a) Rhyme Scheme A CodelineABC BAD E A D CEF GF HHD LJD JIG KKGL B MML B NON OA busy body I deceive, give hid edged [aged] jig; cudgel be minimal, be none, O!A busy bee--I--dead see, if gift, hid edged [aged] jig, cudgel. Be m' meal, be nun, O!A busy bee eye did see . . . . . . adag'd jig, cage'll be . . . . . . Male 8, Nun OA busy B.A. 'd aye [I/eye] deceive, give head, I judge. I giggle--be mammal, be none, O!Though "NON" of the readings in (a) is conclusive, the idea that the poet's "hid edged [adaged] jig [i.e.,...

Other Papers Like "The Collar" By George Herbert - Biography And Analysis

Mastery- the Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by: George Leonard

774 words - 4 pages Book Report “Mastery- The Keys To Success And Long-Term Fulfillment By: George Leonard” While trying to do better in our lives and improving ourselves, it is hard to master something well. This often can get us down on ourselves and make it hard to accomplish our goals. Mastery (The book) helps you better see that mastery is not a finite action or something that is achieved overnight. I learned a great deal from some of the insights and I

Victorian Women by Thomas Hardy and George Eliot

4506 words - 19 pages GD GOENKA WORLD SCHOOL Extended Essay What is the role and significance of women in Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tess of the D’Urbevilles’ and George Eliot’s ‘Middlemarch’? Candidate Name: Jaee Sherlekar Candidate Number: 002279-104 Session: May 2011 Subject: English A1 Level: Higher Level Word Count: 4000 Supervisor: Ms. Jyoti Ahuja Abstract: In this essay, I have attempted to bring out the reality of the “glorious” Victorian Era. An era

"A Streetcar Named Desire" By Tennessee Williams. A Reaction, Assessment Of Literary Value, Biography Of The Author, And Literary Critism

3102 words - 13 pages unpleasant history. The clearest example of this is also one of the most intense and involving scenes of the entire play. In scene nine, Blanche is confronted by Mitch, who has learned the truth about her past. Mitch tells Blanche that he has never seen her in the light. He tears Blanche's paper lantern off of the plain, bright light bulb, and tries to see her as she really is, and not in a view warped by Blanche's efforts to make herself seem

The Boston Teaparty And American Revolution: The Story Of George Robert Twelves Hewes. About The Book: "The Shoemaker And The Tea Party" By Alfred F. Young

907 words - 4 pages town were the people truly believed in their cause. It is fair to say that Hewes' feelings probably resembled those of many others who were "stirred to action" by the acts of the British Crown. Hewes describes the cause of his excitement to Young by saying, "I was continually reflecting upon the unwarrantable sufferings inflicted on the citizens of Boston by the usurpation and tyranny of Great Britain, and my mind was excited with an

Analysis and Interpretation of the Dress by Julia Darling

1240 words - 5 pages English assignment 12 Analysis and interpretation of “The Dress” by Julia Darling “The Dress” is a short story written in 2006 by Julia Darling. The story describes how the strained relationship between the two sisters Rachel and Flora and their mother’s lack of ability to deal with emotions outside her working hours combined with a conflict concerning the loan of a dress become the factors that lead to the end of their life together as a

Relationship Between Lennie And George In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

1594 words - 7 pages Lennie and George are considerably different from the other ranch workers mainly unlike the workers who are all shown to be lonely, George and Lennie have each other. They relay on each other and their dreams together. There is a bond of trust and friendship between the two main characters which is tragically highlighted in the closing lines of the novel.The novel 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck is set in the early 1930's following the

George Tenent and the Last Days of Cia

1186 words - 5 pages . Ethical behavior is expected amongst any individual within a company, especially an individual with authority. The last strategy is that of leadership. A person who is a leader will want to be an example and lead their company and/or organization down the correct path. As mentioned earlier George Tenet’s priorities were to improve employee morale, set a defined mission, to have better execution of intelligence reports and analysis, the

The Biography, Race Theory and Conflicts of W.E.B. Du Bois

1425 words - 6 pages “The Biography, Race Theory and Conflict of W.E.B. Du Bois” Eric Anderson Paine College Abstract From the late 1890s through the 1940s, W. E. B. Du Bois was one of the leading black theorists and a major factor of equal rights for blacks in the United States. At a time when many black Americans sought to improve their status by adapting to the ideals of white society and tolerating discrimination and segregation, W.E.B. Du Bois was a

By The River Character Analysis

261 words - 2 pages In the short story, "By the River", by Jack Hodgins the protagonist: Crystal Styan is a woman who is hopeful, kind, and naive. Hodgins begins the story by presenting Crystal as a rather unattractive woman who lives in the middle of nowhere. He describes her as "she know that she isn't even a little pretty". At first glance she is not an attractive or pretty woman and she is hopeful and naive in the extreme. When readers first picture

The Analysis of W.S. by L.P. Hartley

948 words - 4 pages handshake. But there are unspoken rules. The recurring theme muttered about at this year's Edinburgh international festival had to do with noise: not that made by performers on stage, which they had paid to hear, but the noise made by audiences. Edinburgh, it turns out, is a pretty loud crowd. Take the last movement of Mahler's Ninth Symphony: that tender, faltering statement of resignation and frailty. As conductor Daniele Gatti held the Royal

How Does The Author Emphasize This As A Turning Point For Winston? From 'Nineteen Eighty Four' Written By George Orwell

784 words - 4 pages . Another effect created by the direct speech is a personal connection between O' Brien and Winston, the former taking immense personal pride in the work that he does. The change here also represents the change about to occur in Winston as he becomes another robot-like figure.This passage differs from the rest of the booking in a number of ways. The tone of Orwell's writing voice is a fairly unassuming one, explicitly stating things throughout the novel

Related Essays

The Germanic And Celtic Tradition By George Mac Donald

1000 words - 4 pages The Germanic and Celtic Tradition by George MacDonald One of the most interesting things about fairytales is how the author has borrowed ideas from ancient myths and legends and kept them alive in their writings. The Princess and the Goblin is one of these fairytales. In writing this novel, George MacDonald has incorporated much of the folk tradition in his characters and plot. Specifically, his concept of goblins seem to be drawn from the

Critical Lens Essay Of "Dune" By Frank Herbert And "Huckleberry Finn" By Mark Twain, Using The Quote "We Do Not Read Literature For Improvement Or Instruction" By Oliver Wendell Holmes

808 words - 4 pages ; in Chapter 31 Huck says he would rather "go to hell" than turn Jim in. Jim's longing for his family and the story about his dead daughter shows his humane side and shows that black men are no different from white men, thus they should not be treated differently.The novel "Dune" by Frank Herbert centers on a man named Paul Atreides and his struggle to gain back a planet that was given to him and brutally taken away by his longtime rivals. While the

The Dream Of Lennie And George "Of Mice And Men" By John Steinbeck

1003 words - 5 pages In "Of Mice and Men", Steinbeck shows every character's desire for some kind of achievement in life as an example of the American dream and how unattainable it really is for them. The American Dream is one of liberty, untarnished happiness and self-reliance. At the beginning of the novel George and Lennie immediately bond together building a close friendship that teaches them both new things. Crooks is willing to work for nothing, just to gain

The Ultimate Collection By George Gershwin

817 words - 4 pages The Ultimate Collection by George Gershwin George Gershwin's "The ultimate collection", is a compilation of Gershwin's greatest hits. The compilation is made out of two CD's; the first cd is Gershwins pieces sung by different jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and more… The second cd, is Gerswhin's famous pieces taken from musical shows such as Porgy and Bess, Rhapsody in Blue, Cuban overture