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The Puritans produced many poets over the colonial period Puritan lifestyle was based on three major principles These principles were humbleness simple life and faith in G-d The puritans strictly adhered to these principles Another principle although not as important was the principle of regeneration This is accepting people back into the Church or re-bearing them The poetry of the Puritans was greatly affected by these three and much can be seen about Puritan life from these texts Edward Taylors texts were also greatly influenced Some of his poems are Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold Upon a Spider Catching a Fly Huswifery and Our Insufficiency to Praise G-d Suitably for His Mercy In Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold Taylor is greatly affected by the Puritan way He speaks of the northern blast This northern blast is the troubles and sorrows of the average person Soon after Taylor speaks of Sols warm breath This is the grace of G-d Taylor is speaking of the troubled human being saved by the grace of G-d This relates to one of the principles of faith In Huswifery Taylor shows the third principle of faith He shows the principle of simple living Taylor asks G-d to take all his immaterial positions and create for him a beautiful garment of G-ds glory Taylor writes this while showing us that all he needs is to be clothed in G-ds glory and nothing else In Upon a Spider Catching a Fly Taylor refers to another principle of faith humbleness He speaks of himself as the petty fly and how he is caught by the web of the devil Then he says Thy grace to break the cord which shows his humbleness He is asking God to help him because he cannot do it himself He asks for his grace because he is unworthy but needs mercy However this poem shows another principle This is the principle of regeneration According to Cotton
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