Poem Analysis

The poem I analyzed was called The Pulley by George Herbert


The Pulley is about the creation of the world and the beauty of nature. Also it talks about mankind loving the world than god himself. The poem is a mythological phenomenon because the world being created is a mystery and an unusual thing to happen. The author is speaking in this poem narrating god and mankind and how mankind is treating god. Also how they are ignoring him.

The lyrics in this poem are concrete and abstract. “Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honour, pleasure.”  The author is talking about when god created the world he created beauty, wisdom, honour, and pleasure. The author said “Bestow this jewel also on my creature, He would adore my gifts instead of me,” he is saying that mankind loved the gift more than the giver. The word choice in this poem gives the poem a complexity to the poem and makes it more interesting to read.

The tone of this poem is contemplative because it is god making the world and then is expressing his anger at mankind for not loving him for making the world. “But keep them with repining restlessness, Let him be rich and weary, that at least, If goodness lead him not, yet weariness May toss him to my breast.” The tone does change throughout the poem in a way that the first part is peaceful and relaxing, talking about the beauty in nature. But in the second part in changes into a angry, mad tone. It is this way because god is mad and mankind for not respecting him. This poem has a closed format with stanzas and rhyme schemes. There are five stanzas each with 5 lines. Also the rhyme scheme is ABABA with an end rhyme.

In The Pulley, the poet uses figurative  language such as imagery. An example of imagery would be, “Let him be rich and weary, that at least, If goodness lead him not, yet weariness May toss him to my breast. It gives the image of mankind being tired and lost in life. The poem does have punctuation and gives the story more of a deep and quite mood. The title of the poem is The Pulley which fits into the poem. The way it fits is that, god creating the world, lifting it up. The poet tells the story well and creates a setting for the reader. The poem has detail of what is going on around the world, which draws the reader into the poem.  The poem isn’t a tense piece of literature but does have a subtle angriness to it toward the end. The poem does show that God made a wonderful and beautiful world. Also it says that god is mad at mankind as well.