STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS

1. In the first stanza, Herbert refers to humanity's loss of "wealth and store."  To what loss does Herbert allude?

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2. In the second stanza, the speaker refers to his own personal afflictions.  What are they?

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3. What is the "flight" to which Herbert refers?

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Understanding Literary Elements

4. George Herbert often wrote his poems in the form of emblematic images. Notice that the two stanzas of "Easter Wings" are printed in the shape of wings.  How does the form of the poem contribute to the expression of its theme?

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