This poem starts of with verse talking about his first marriage with his wife. Then on the verse Taylor talks about his first child being born, Samuel Taylor on August 27th Then on line 16 their second child Elizabeth Taylor was born but she died a year later, He talks about how his daughter is going to be with God and how it is a sad time for him but he knows that she is safe and going to be taken care of. The rest of the poem goes on talking about another son that was born and a second daughter that was born and also died a year later. He again talks about on the last verse how she is with God and he will take care of her. The two best examples of this would be in the first part of the poem talking about the knot being cut by Alexander the great.
Edward Taylor was an American Puritan poet and minister of the Congregational church at Westfield, Massachusetts for over 50 years. Considered one of the more significant poets to appear in America in the 17th and 18th centuries, his fame is the result of two works, Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library. Newsletter Subscribe Give. Poetry Foundation.
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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. 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. This comparison is used to elucidate the lifespan of a flower and use it in relation to that of a human being.
After rereading Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children , I began to analyze it more and look deeper into it's meaning. As we discussed in class, we know that the flowers in the poem are Taylor's children. Throughout the poem, Taylor says, "A manly flowre out brake" and "another Flowre its sweet breathd mate", implying the birth of his first son and daughter. Although this part of the poem is happy and uplifting, the mood soon drastically changes to one of sadness and depression when we learn that the children die. After describing the sadness but also understanding that God took his children from his, Taylor rejoices in the fact that another son and daughter are born.