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Bermudas BY ANDREW MARVELL Where the remote Bermudas ride In th' ocean's bosom unespy'd, From a small boat, that row'd along, The list'ning winds

Discuss the literary elements found in the poem "The Bermudas" by Andrew Marvell and mention the significance of each element to the understanding of the general theme of the piece. 




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Bermudas BY ANDREW MARVELL Where the remote Bermudas ride In th’ ocean’s bosom unespy’d, From a small boat, that row’d along, The list’ning winds receiv’d this song. What should we do but sing his praise That led us through the wat’ry maze Unto an isle so long unknown, And yet far kinder than our own? Where he the huge sea-monsters wracks, That lift the deep upon their backs, He lands us on a grassy stage, Safe from the storm’s and prelates’ rage. He gave us this eternal spring Which here enamels everything, And sends the fowls to us in care, On daily visits through the air. He hangs in shades the orange bright, Like golden lamps in a green night; And does in the pomegranates close Jewels more rich than Ormus shows. He makes the figs our mouths to meet And throws the melons at our feet, But apples plants of such a price, No tree could ever bear them twice. With cedars, chosen by his hand, From Lebanon, he stores the land, And makes the hollow seas that roar Proclaim the ambergris on shore. He cast (of which we rather boast) The Gospel’s pearl upon our coast, And in these rocks for us did frame A temple, where to sound his name. Oh let our voice his praise exalt, Till it arrive at heaven’s vault; Which thence (perhaps) rebounding, may Echo beyond the Mexic Bay. Thus sung they in the English boat An holy and a cheerful note, And all the way, to guide their chime, With falling oars they kept the time.
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Tone- He immediately presents the parallel image of the colonists in their own “small boat,” and strikes a tone of... View the full answer

  • you forgot the conflict
    • karessa
    • Nov 09, 2015 at 8:22am
  • conflict- the entire poem, is strikingly inconsistent with the actual historical events in the Bermudas
    • jamespddy
    • Nov 09, 2015 at 9:03am
  • Spanish settlers actually arrived about one hundred years before the English. The Spanish colonies there were infamously rife with property disputes, criminal conspiracies, allegations of moral impropriety, and violence against the native peoples. However, Marvell praises the settlers' efforts and godly virtue, thus ignoring these unsavory facets of colonial life in the Bermudas.
    • jamespddy
    • Nov 09, 2015 at 9:04am

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