A Comparison of 'Psalm 23', 'Some Men Say an Army of Horse' and 'The Midwife Addresses the Newly Delivered Woman'
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Lyric Poetry Comparison
The literature of an era defines the culture that exists during that period of time. For poets, they take upon themselves the responsibility of showing the culture of their eras through shorter, more rhythmic pieces. Each literary artist is compelled, whether consciously or not, to examine their culture through their artistic works. In three distinctly different lyric poems, the authors of "Psalm 23," "Some Men Say an Army of Horse," and "The Midwife Addresses the Newly Delivered Woman" each tell a narrative which explores the things most important to the culture of the author. "Psalm 23" comes from the Christian Bible. It is one of the most famous of these Biblical psalms. The beginning of the poem reads, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want" (line 1). In the poem, the first-person narrator asserts that as long as they believe in God, then they will never be in need. Further, the poem reads, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me" (line 4). This narrator believes completely that no matter what negative issues they may have to deal with in their life, they will be fine because of their faith. The Bible is the written history of the Christian religion and its purpose is both to inspire and instruct people of that faith. The Psalm's purpose is to underscore the potency of the power of belief in Christianity. Sappho was a famous poet from Ancient Greece who was known for