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Banuelos 1Eduardo BanuelosProfessor FischerBritish LiteratureNovember 16, 2018Text Analysis Four - “Prayer”With a collection of poems called “The Temple,” George Herbert bases his work on thethemes of religion. He uses imagery as a means to carry out the significance of Christianity. Inthe poem, “Prayer,” George Herbert adoptes biblical texts from the Old Testament to providescriptural allusions. He uses a series of synonyms to demonstrate the importance of prayer andwhat it means to a worshipper.In quatrain one, Herbert states, “Prayer, the church’s banquet; angels’ age; God's breathin man returning to his birth” (1-2). The poet uses the word ‘banquet’ to suggest the breaking ofthe bread during the first supper, the holy communion. The phase ‘angels age’ is used as asynonym for eternal life. Then he references the Book of Genesis, summarizing when Godformed man from dust and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils which led to manbecoming a living being (Genesis 2:7). Within these lines, Herbert uses biblical insight toillustrate the connection between God and humanity. When Jesus broke the bread and passed it

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