Augustine Of Hippo, Later Known As St. Augustine Essay

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Augustine of Hippo, later known as St. Augustine, is credited with one of the most influential literary works of all time. Not only did his autobiographical work, Confessions, have great influence on both medieval and early modern writers like Dante, Montaigne, and Rousseau, it also had a profound effect, in fact a large one, on medieval thought and the thought of eras to come. It is also widely considered to be one of the first of its kind in the Western world. One might ask themselves what could’ve motivated Augustine to complete a work that accomplished such a large feat, especially in the midst of a severe writer’s block. I propose that Augustine was primarily motivated by love—the love that he has for God and the love that he believes God has for him—and the subsequent emotions that result of that love, like shame, compelling him to write an open letter to God, or prayer if you will, confessing his past sins and glorifying God before the masses.
Throughout Confessions, Augustine refers to God by using a number of endearing epithets. While making one of the most profound statements of the piece, Augustine refers to God as the “Light of my heart, Bread of my soul, Power wedded to my mind and the depths of my thought,” (50). Epithets such as these are commonly found in love letters referring to the object of one’s affection; they indicate a rare level of complete devotion that Augustine displays in this work, because Augustine essentially labels God as his life force, or

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