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Hendrix 1 Renesha L. Hendrix Frankye Adams- Johnson ENG 205-12 February 16, 2011 “Two Eclipses” Understanding the Poem 1. How does the poet respond to the “Two Eclipses”? The poet, HaNagid, felt that the “Two Eclipses” were signs of God’s divine power. The “Two Eclipses” also gave him a fright, and cause him to fear his judgment day. 2. What are the three examples given of God’s beneficial creative power? “The earth whose sun hast, reddened-as though with tears,” “He covered the moon with His circle of earth,” “Brought to the end of the month in dimness, its halo of light on the darkness. 3. What are the five examples given of God’s negative creative power? “He fashioned patches of dark in the moon, and the sun He created clear,” “In their dimness against the dark, to women bereaved,” “The light of day on a day gone dim, an d the light of night darkened at evening,” “He struck the brightness
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Unformatted text preview: of night, and afterwards blotted the daylight,” “Who brought the light in its weight and measure, and darkened the moon at its cycle’s center.” 4. Why does the poet fear his day of judgment? ∼ HaNagid felt that he has done a lot of wrong, and that the wrong he has done would hinder him from making it to heaven with God. 5. What is the poet’s ultimate consolation? ∼ HaNagid wanted God to have mercy when his judgment day came. 6. Compare and contrast ““Two Eclipses” with Psalm 8. ∼ In both to the “Two Eclipses” and Psalm 8 they are monotheist, and believe in the same God. They both were inspired by God’s creative power. The “Two Eclipses” showed the good and bad of God’s creative power, where Psalm 8 only did the good....
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