A Brief Escape From Puritan Society

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In “Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold” Edward Taylor personifies a wasp as a beautiful woman. In a puritan culture, describing a beautiful woman was against society, but the speaker personifies a wasp to escape this. It is ironic that the speaker chooses to describe the beauty of a wasp because a wasp was referred to as “annoying” in the Old Testament. This may have been another way of avoiding puritan society. At the end of the poem, the speaker asks God to clear his mind. This can be seen as a way to ask for forgiveness from God and other puritans. Instead of describing a beautiful woman in the poem, the speaker characterizes a wasp to avoid the consequences of a conservative puritan culture. “In Sol’s warm breath and shine as saving, / Whic Continue...


The second stanza of the poem is asking God to clear his mind so that he can see God's beauty. The wasp is personified because it cannot rub it's own thighs and legs. "Lord, clear my misted sight that I May hence view Thy Divinity (Taylor l. This can be related to a woman bathing in the sun massaging her legs and thighs. The wasp was not only given physical praise, but was also given abstract compliments. Although the speaker indirectly described a beautiful woman, the speaker wants other puritans to be assured of his own knowledge of his sins. h with her hands she chafes and stands Rubbing her Legs, Shanks, Thighs, and hands (Taylor ll. 36-37) compliments a wasp's sharp mind and it's work. 4-6) describes a wasp warming up in the sun rubbing her legs, thighs, and hands. 28) expresses her thankfulness to God and other creatures. This also shows how the speaker used a wasp to describe an attractive woman. The speaker uses personification of a wasp and an apology to God to avoid consequences from a harsh puritan society. "Her warm thanks offering for all (Taylor l. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography. 30) shows how the speaker asks God to cleanse his mind so that he only sees the beauty of God.