On a Drop of Dew analysis

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Rosenberg, Dubus, Keown, Papania 1 Kelsey Dubus, Kelsey Keown, Andrea Papania, Claire Rosenberg Mr. Winland Creative Writing 20 January 2011 Andrew Marvell’s On a Drop of Dew : Hardcore Hyperbole Breakdown The conceit Marvell makes is a comparison of a dew drop to the human soul. The main ideology behind Marvell’s argument is Christian thought, and Christian symbolism is a key device used to develop the dew drop metaphor. The cyclical nature of a dew drop that Marvell outlines in the poem parallels the Christian theory of a soul’s journey beginning in heaven and ultimately returning to heaven after a period of mortal existence. In the poem’s opening lines, Marvell stresses the importance of the dew’s origin, the morning sunrise in the east. The dew has been cast down from the heart of nature into unknown territory, much different from its starting point miles above in the sky. Although the dew is experiencing an environment which demands adaptation, Marvell explains that the dew makes
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2011 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '10 term at Georgia Perimeter.

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