Edward taylor and Metaphor

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The Beauty of Metaphor
A Metaphor is defined as a grammatical device that “compares two different ideas by speaking of one in terms of the other. It asserts that one thing is another thing.” One of the best poets at using the metaphor is Edward Taylor, an intellectual New English Puritan. In his “Meditation One,” Taylor compares “God’s Matchless Love” to water, saying that it fills “Heaven to the Brim!” Then, in his “The Reflection,” Taylor says “Earth” was once a “Paradise of Heaven.” In both instances, Edward Taylor calls one thing something to help emphasize the message he is trying to portray, but ultimately, his metaphor in “Meditation One” is more effective as it reflects a greater idea. Edward Taylor’s use of metaphor in “Meditation One” and “The Reflection” shows how he used metaphors to compare an important topic in his poem to something more relatable, but his metaphor in “Meditation One” is more effective as it portrays a greater message.

Edward Taylor’s use of Metaphor in “Meditation One” helps portray his message of Gods never ending love for us. In Line 7, Edward Taylor starts the sentence of by saying “Oh, Matchless Love!filling Heaven to the Brim!” Taylor compares the incomparable love of God to water, as he says it will fill heaven “to the brim.” By using the verb “filling,” the reader automatically thinks of something more relatable to his knowledge, water in context to a drink. When one pours water in, the water fills the cup. Ultimately, through his diction choice and use of metaphor, Taylor considers God’s love to be something that fills humanities’ needs. Since it can fill “Heaven,” it can fill our souls with a never ending joy. This is why Edward Taylor’s use of metaphor is so effective, it ulaitmely leads to a bigger, more important conclusion that can be easily derived through his relatable examples. This metaphor, in comparison to the one in “The Reflection”, is more effective as it plays a vital role in the establishment of a...