God Speaks Through The Mouths of Poets


Every poem has an element of God in it\'s words. Just as God spoke through the writings of Peter or Matthew,
elements of His word are in the beautiful themes in poetry. In this essay, I will compare the poems of William
Blake and William Wordsworth with the written Word of God, in five poems: The Lamb, The Chimney Sweeper,
The Tyger, My Heart Leaps Up, and London 1802. My aim is to show that the writings of great poets are truly the
words of God. Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? These begin the words of William
Blake\'s The Lamb. Just as God asks us, Blake questions our understanding of our creator. If we are seen as the
lambs of God, meek and tender, can we really understand the generosity and glory of a God who gave us life?
He did give us life, and Blake tells us that we take this great gift for granted. So, he asks "Dost thou know who
made thee?" So God created man in His own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female, He
created them. Genesis 1:27 Anyone who has seen a lamb knows that it is a weak creature; unable to protect it\'s
self from the strength of an evil predator. If we are the Lamb, then we must rely on the protection of our
Shepherd, God. Why would Blake call us a Lamb then? Aren\'t we stronger than any other animal upon this
earth? I think that God would tell us "No," for it is He who gives us life strength, as Blake says in the next few
lines… Gave thee life & bid thee feed, By the stream & o\'re the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest
clothing wooly bright, What strength could man have without the gifts of God: life, food, clothing. We would have
none! And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who
believes in Me shall never thirst." John 6:33 William Blake saw that the individual man was so removed from
Nature and his Creator. As science progressed, and society seemed so wrapped up in it\'s money making, it\'s
industry and it\'s politics, haven\'t we lost touch with what is truly important? While we see ourselves as giants,
Blake reminds us that we are just lambs. A lamb is just a baby, and needs the love of it\'s mother to survive. Who
are we to ignore the one who gives us life and gives us food? Because we think we have grown, we believe we
do not need to ask ourselves, "Who made thee?" In Blake\'s next poem, The Chimney Sweeper, he shows us
just how much we still need God. Throughout history, man has been so inhumane to his fellow man. Every culture
has experienced some sort of slavery or oppression. When one thinks of how man has even enslaved his own
young, I wonder how much lower we can degrade ourselves. The Chimney Sweeper is a poem speaking of such
inhumanity. As I read the words, "… I was very young, And my Father sold me while yet my tongue could
scarcely cry weep! weep! weep! weep…" I wonder if there is any God left in the hearts of men. Blake points out
our faults, our inhumanity. He is telling us to look at ourselves, and stop this pain we cause. Just as God told us
to love one another, Blake tells us the same. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have
loved you. John 15:12 This is Blake\'s message to the oppressors of this world! Yet, in the same short poem,
Blake has a message for the oppressed: the young chimney sweeper child will still have hope in the words of
Jesus. That is the hope that God will send an angel to free them, with only one small condition: that the child
loves his God and follows his commandments. Then naked & white, all their bags left behind, They rise upon
clouds, and sport in the wind. And the Angel told Tom, if he\'d be a good boy, He\'d have God for his father &
never want joy. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father\'s
commandments and abide in