Richard Lomuscio, a student in Paul Lauter's Introduction to American Literature course at Trinity College, wrote this poem in his journal as a response to Edward Taylor. (Professor Lauter's course syllabus appeared in the Heath Anthology of American Literature Newsletter published in spring 1990.)
Controlled thoughts in a
tightly metred rhyme,
Preparatory disciplined belief,
Overwhelmed with unsuredness of time,
Attempt to express sin, remorse and grief,
Questions of his grace
addressed to thy Grace,
Trapped in self humility and disgrace.
I see his agony, his weary lust,
I see his uncertainty, feel
Trying to make sense and secure His trust,
Did he in his divine bed turn and toss?
Taking the actions of humanity,
Writing verbal tunes
Use of repetition and paradox,
Duality of language, use
Images of doves and
Blood washing sin from Taylor's worldly face,
Riot of the soul quelled by
Uncertainty rests in
a preacher's look.