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To many of the worlds inhabitants the world affliction was not in existence until the opening of Nick Noltes 1999 film of the same name The idea behind affliction a word that stresses pain suffering and distress has been occurring since emotions were first able to be perceived Nearly every class of literature displays some form of affliction Literature scholars often employ the works of English authors in the seventeenth century to demonstrate different uses of affliction Whether it is the emblematic poetry of Metaphysical George Herbert the sorrowful and endearing eulogies of Cavalier Ben Jonson or the various works of the blind Puritan John Milton being read the three schools of literature during the seventeenth century offer a plethora of opportunities for study George Herberts emblematic poetry has long been regarded as the main reason for Metaphysical literatures presence in works of today His shape poems as they are often referenced as all focus on his overwhelming personal devotion to the lord In the famous The Altar Herbert describes what appears to be an internal visible structure that excellently complements the implied meaning that is on display outright When viewing the poem with its original shape in mind many have taken note of the capitalization on the words altar heart sacrifice and once again altar In the work Herbert makes mention of rearing a broken altar a very difficult test for any man This is Herberts way of expressing his hearts feelings of inadequacy Personal pain plays a large part of the The Altar with nonstop images of the need to bind together his own brokenness with his very own tears on display all in the name of the his Lord Herberts affliction is his own broken spirit and he dutifully prays for God to sanctify the altar of his heart The Cavaliers took a different approach to the idea of affliction Ben Jonson the creator of the genre let out his often-negative feelings
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