God’s Punishment on a Wicked Bishop
The summer and autumn had been so wet,
That in winter the corn was growing yet,
‘Twas a piteous sight to see all around
The grain lie rotting on the ground.
Every day the starving poor
Crowded around Bishop Hatto’s door,
For he had a plentiful last-year’s store,
And all the neighbourhood could tell
His granaries were furnish’d well.
At last Bishop Hatto appointed a day
To quiet the poor without delay;
He bade them to his great Barn repair,
And they should have food for the winter there.
Rejoiced such tidings good to hear,
The poor folk flock’d from far and near;
The great barn was full as it could hold
Of women and children, and young and old.
Then when he saw it could hold no more,
Bishop Hatto he made fast the door;
And while for mercy on Christ they call,
He set fire to the Barn and burnt them all.
“I’faith ’tis an excellent bonfire!” quoth he,
“And the country is greatly obliged to me,
For ridding it in these times forlorn
Of Rats that only consume the corn.”
So then to his palace returned he,
And he sat down to supper merrily,
And he slept that night like an innocent man;
But Bishop Hatto never slept again.
In the morning as he enter’d the hall
Where his picture hung against the wall,
A sweat like death all over him came,
For the Rats had eaten it out of the frame.
As he look’d there came a man from his farm–
He had a countenance white with alarm;
“My Lord, I open’d your granaries this morn,
And the Rats had eaten all your corn.”
Another came running presently,
And he was pale as pale could be,
“Fly! my Lord Bishop, fly,” quoth he,
“Ten thousand Rats are coming this way,…
The Lord forgive you for yesterday!”
“I’ll go to my tower on the Rhine,” replied he,
“‘Tis the safest place in Germany;
The walls are high and the shores are steep,
And the stream is strong and the water deep.”
Bishop Hatto fearfully hasten’d away,
And he crost the Rhine without delay,
And reach’d his...
T.S. Eliot once said that genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. I feel that this is true of Bishop’s poetry.
Elizabeth Bishop is unlike any of the other poets I have studied. Her poetry is deeply emotional and confessional and many of her sources of inspiration are quite unusual. However, there is no doubt that she is a talented poet and I really enjoyed studying her poetry.
Bishop experienced great loss during her life. This grief is evident throughout her poetry. “First Death in Nova Scotia” is a poignant recollection of a painful childhood memory. Bishop uses creative child-like imagery to depict the over whelming sadness surrounding the death of the poet’s young cousin. Bishop takes the disturbing image of a white coffin and compares it to a “little frosted cake”, an image that the child Bishop can relate to. Similarly in this poem the simplicity of the language and the use of broad vowel sounds “cold, cold parlor” suggest an unhappy childhood. “Sestina” is also a very grief ridden poem. An obvious feature of this poem is the repetition of the word “tears” in every verse. This repetition keeps the pain of loss in my mind as I read the poem. The over-whelming sadness Bishop felt as a child is well communicated in the line “the teacup full of dark brown tears”. This memorable metaphor shows me the full extent of her grief and I can...
...About four days ago, I had the pleasure of viewing the timeless classic "The Wizard of Oz". It was always a favorite of mine since my childhood. I saw it again first when I was twenty and my perspective of the fantasy had not changed much; however, this time I saw it in an entirely new light was more than an adult looking at a childhood fantasyland viewing it an adult perception. My attitude towards the classic has changed after reading Gregory Maguire's "Wicked" "Wicked is the account of what happened in Oz prior to Dorothy's arrival. There are many interesting facets to the story. Most intriguing is the idea of just what is evil? How do we as a society see good and evil right and wrong? In this paper, I will examine the ways in which Elphaba strived to do good but was always viewed as evil due to the color of her skin.
Elphaba was born on a moonlighted evening in a strange road-show wagon tick the time machine. Her mother was of nobility while her father was a voice for the God who has no name. It is a strange world; there are normal size people, dwarfs, and over sized people. They live peacefully, but there is the constant threat of their land be overtaken by the government. A class system is in place. Elphaba was delivered by a midwife. She was born with a full set of teeth and green skin. She was also born with an extreme allergy to water; water actually burns her skin. She was far from normal as a child; she was slow to develop...
...heart never wills. Their circumstances can be anything it can be due to poverty, ailments or shortage of food. As in the drama bishops candlesticks the convict steals to save his wife from suffering which he never wanted to do. But there was no way other than stealing. But after stealing as by his luck he was caught. And the punishment given to him was too big for his shoes. This was just an example. Imagine how many people in this world would be suffering like this. Instead of understanding the pros and cons of the prisoner he is chained and whipped behind the bars. After a great suffering in the jail they just convert the criminals into a wild beast. Criminals are also human beings and they need to be consulted. No man is born great and no man is a criminal. They want to get wok but there is no employment for them because of shortage of wealth.
Society should treat them like normal people. They should be consulted and given a job. People are the futures. People should change the world. IN this generation by stealing or by lazing around there is no escape. They have to be preached in a certain manner.
By these I conclude that criminals aren’t wicked and do not deserve punishment.
We can leave even 1000 criminals to escape but nowhere should one innocent be prosecuted
a) To assume that criminals are wicked and accordingly deserve punishment is wrong. Criminals are the products of...
...Today’s criminal system has four justifications for punishment; these justifications for punishment are Retribution, Deterrence, Rehabilitation, and Social Protection. Retribution: “an act of moral vengeance by which society makes the offender suffer as much as the suffering caused by the crime,” Deterrence: “the attempt to discourage criminality through the use of punishment,” Rehabilitation: “a program for reforming the offender to prevent later offenses,” and Social Protection: “rendering an offender incapable of further offenses temporarily by imprisonment or permanently by execution”. The following paragraphs will explain each in further detail and address the history of each justification. Near the end an explanation as to the effectiveness of these justifications on society will be given.
Retribution being one of the first forms of punishment referring back to the bible even with the words “an eye for an eye” is where we will begin. This type of justification for punishment is the oldest of the four ways. Crime since the middle ages was considered an offense against not only society but God as well and that is upset the natural order of society as a whole. So it was the belief that punishment should reflect the crime being equal in harshness. One example of how retribution was used is Jeffery Dahmer’s punishment for the conviction and 15 confirmed murders...
...God’s Perfect Punishment
Dante Alighieri, an Italian poet, was born in Florence in 1265. The exact day of his birth and death is unknown. He was born into a noble family with a no fortune. He may have attended the University of Bologna, and around the age of twenty he married Gemma Donati, with her he had several children. He began writing poetry at a very young age. After he was exiled from Florence he wrote the epic poem, Divine Comedy. It is believed that some of the epic poem, of the Inferno was written about the people in his life that wronged him. Dante the poet creates Dante the character in the Inferno. Dante, the character, in the Fourth Bolgia is in an astonishing disbelief by the punishment of the sinners in the Eighth Circle of Hell.
In Canto XX, Dante and Virgil journey through the Eighth Circle of Hell, the Fourth Bolgia with the sinners for Fortune Telling and Divining. Dante explains “Now I must turn strange torments into verse to form the matter of the twentieth canto of the first chant, the one about the damned. “ (1-3) Some of the damned in this Circle are: Manto, Amphiaraus, Theban, Tiresias, Aruns, Eurypylus, Michael Scot, Guido Bonatti, and Asdente. They will forever be in the Eighth Circle of Hell for attempting to look into the future. Their punishment tragically fits their crime. “Their heads are twisted completely around so that their hair flows down their fronts and their...
...Wicked, written by Gregory Maguire, is both a book and musical containing many symbols and conflicts of interest. Elphaba, born with green skin and the tendency to bite people with her sharp teeth as a child, is seen as an embarrassment to her family. Elpie, as they call her, wonder why she was born this way, and what they had done to bring such a horrid child to them. Was it an accident? Is it symbolic? Of course Thomas Foster, writer of How to Read Literature Like a Professor, would argue that there are never any accidents in literature and everything is symbolic. In Wicked, Gregory Maguire uses symbolism to communicate that the Wicked witch of the West wants much more than meets the eye.
Symbolism is the most important theme in Wicked because everything in the story can have multiple meanings. Nessarose’s ruby slippers were much more than a pretty pair of shoes to Elphaba. “Should she pursue Dorothy, should she snatch those shoes away – and what were her real motives? Was it to keep them out of the hands of the Wizard ... Or was it to snatch back some small shred of Frex's attention? (5.10.1)” This quote explains that Elphaba was worried about the shoes falling into the wrong hands, but more importantly, the shoes were a symbol of her fathers love, care, and family acceptance. Foster’s book explains that a symbol never has one set meaning, which is why these shoes also represent power....
...The Wicked Ways of the White Witch:
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It was once said that “evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree” (“Ethiopian”). In C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, evil enters the fictitious world of Narnia and quickly diffuses throughout the land. This evil permeates every aspect of its society and has its inhabitants living in fear of the source: Jadis, “Queen” of Narnia, better known as the White Witch. She is this evil that has infiltrated Narnia through her villainous origins, dastard objectives, destructive instruments, and corrupt characteristics
Revealed in The Magician’s Nephew, the White Witch is a native of Charn inhabited by the Jinn. The Empress and last inhabitant of this domain, Jadis has fought a long bloody war with her sister. “Finally, defeated and facing capture and execution, Jadis instead spoke the Deplorable Word which killed all living things under the Sun apart from herself” (“Charn”). Ruthless, she has complete lack of remorse for such total destruction. “She [then] places herself into an enchanted sleep which is broken [by] Digory Kirke” (“Charn”). Digory and his neighbor Polly Plummer arrive in Charn “via the Wood Between The Worlds, an endless forest filled with pools of water that are portals to other worlds” (“White Witch”). Succumbing to temptation, Digory awakes Jadis by ringing a bell in the hall where she was asleep. The children,...
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One night when the step mother thought the two boys were asleep she went to their father and told him of her plan. She said, “If we lead those wastrels far away and tell them to go buy food and leave them there, then they will never be able to find their way home and you and I can live happily here in our home.” The father said, “They are wonderful kids and their love for food is insuperable, but we don’t have to get rid of them. I must be their exponent and say we can find another way out of this terrible food shortage.” They talked for a little longer but the step mother was contentious and finally the father gave up and agreed to leave the children in a remote place and live by themselves.
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