Essay on Peace- George Herbert

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Peace- George Herbert

George Herbert depicts a search for peace through religion in his poem
"Peace" by utilizing allusion to the Bible and symbolism.

George Herbert begins his poem by asking a question; "Sweet Peace, where dost thou dwell?" This is an apostrophe to Peace because the narrator is seeking peace in a variety of sublunary places and objects such as a cave, a rainbow, a Crown Imperial flower, and he finally asks a reverend where he may find peace. The reverend recounts the life of a prince who "sweetly lived" and "who lived with good increase of flock and fold." The prince died and on his grave "there sprang twelve stalks of wheat" which prospered and spread throughout the
Earth. Anyone who fed on the wheat
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The symbolism in the poem is similar to the symbolism that is often used in the Bible; he compares Jesus to both a prince and a shepherd.
The prince reference is appropriate because he is the son of God, who is often called a king, and this relationship would properly make
Jesus a prince. The symbol of a shepherd is commonly used because people are considered his flock that he gathers and leads to the kingdom of God. The twelve stalks of wheat mentioned in the narration symbolize the twelve apostles. It is said to have grown and spread much like Christianity grew and spread throughout the known world.
Wheat is an important symbol because it relates the apostles closely to a motherly figure because they "gave birth" to the new religion.
The wheat also closely relates the image of bread that the seeker is supposed to create from the wheat that he sows. Bread is often used to symbolize Jesus, especially in church during communion, because he is known as the bread of life. People are supposed to feed off of him for eternal life, which is exactly what the reverend advises the seeker to do. It is imperative for the reader to understand the symbolism of
"Peace" to understand the full meaning of the poem.

George Herbert uses a man searching for peace as a comparison for someone who lacks religion and spirit. The man is on a quest, and he
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