Analysis: Edward Taylor's Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children, and Upon A Wasp Chilled With Cold
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Edward Taylor’s Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children and Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold are similar in their approach with the illustration of how beautiful and magnificent God’s creations are to humankind. 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. Taylor’s poems create an element of how cruel reality can be, as well as manifest an errant correlation between earthly life and spiritual salvation, which is how you react to the problems you face on earth determines the salvation that God has in store for you. In Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children, Taylor uses personification and…show more content… In turn, Edward Taylor’s ability to maintain strength and happiness, despite enduring gloomy times caused by tragic death, results in the spiritual salvation God embellishes amongst Taylor by allowing Taylor’s other children to live to maturity.
In Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold, Edward Taylor uses a ‘wasp’ to illustrate the body of a woman. This wasp endures a “Bear that breathes a Northern blast” (Taylor l. 1), and the ‘Northern blast’ is a representation of the attitude that one possesses without the amicable love of God. The wasp “out extends/Unto the Sun, in great desire/To warm her digits at the fire.” (Taylor ll. 8-10), meaning the wasp wants to be embraced by the grace and salvation of God himself. The wasp eventually receives enough of the warm embrace of the Sun (in this case, the love and salvation of God), and is able to maneuver and fly home in a gleeful manner, all thanks to the glory of God. An argument could be made that the wasp using the Sun to warm itself up is similar in comparison to how human beings want to be under the warm embraces of God as well, especially in times of sadness, despair, or in times of when they have wrongfully sinned and need guidance from God.
Near the end of the poem, Edward Taylor is putting himself in the same shoes as the wasp. Similar to the wasp, he too, is asking to be warmed by God’s salvation and grace while on the earthly life of humanity until it is his time to pass and meet God in Heaven. Near the