READER RESPONSE THEORY 1
Poems are instrumental sources of reflection because they representthe authors’ thoughts and other ideas touching on important issuesin the society. Through the reader’s analysis, one can relate agiven poem to real life experiences. The poems written by Bradstreetand Wheatly are prime examples of the experiences that people gothrough in life and the position of God in shaping an individual’sfate.
I can draw important lessons from In Memory of My Dear GrandchildElizabeth about the nature of life and the fate that befallseverybody. Grief is part of survival. However, there is a consolationin knowing that transformation is part of life. As Bradstreetobserves, “By nature trees do rot when they are grown, and plumsand apples thoroughly ripe do fall, and corn and grass are in theirseason mown” (Baym, 2012, p122) This illustrates that seasons areinevitable. Through the author’s mourning, I can conclude thattransformation should not be an extremely source of loss because itis meant to serve a higher purpose. For instance, when trees rot,they give nutrients to the soil and enhance its capacity to supportmore vegetation.
Wheatly’s poem, To the University of Cambridge in New England,appreciates the role that Christ played in the redemption of humanbeings from sin. From the poem, I draw an important lesson that thestrive for contemporary knowledge should not be a barrier towardsspiritual growth. Wheatly observes that “The blissful news bymessengers from heav’n, how Jesus’ blood for your redemptionflows. See him with hands out-stretcht upon the cross, immensecompassion in his bosom glows” (405). Besides, as the authorobserves, “Suppress the deadly serpent in its egg” (405). Iconsider this as the best approach to deal with addiction orobsessions of different forms. The rationale for this is thatnegative behaviors have detrimental effects when they bloom.
Conclusively, poems offer important lessons that can be applied inpeople’s daily lives since they address issues in differentcontexts. Wheatly and Bradstreet offer their thoughts on mourning andreligion respectively. A major observation in their works in thatthey are aware of the super natural power that controls the fate ofhuman beings.
Baym, N. (2012). The Norton anthology of American literature, 8thEdition. New York N.Y.: W. W. Norton & Company.