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Huswifery Summary & Analysis
by Edward Taylor

“Huswifery” is poem written around 1685 by the Puritan preacher Edward Taylor. The poem is addressed directly to God, making it at once a kind of plea and prayer. Through an extended metaphor in which God is a cloth maker and the speaker acts as God's cloth-making tools, the speaker offers himself up as God's humble earthly servant. By following God’s instructions and living a deeply religious life, argues the poem, people can best know and serve God.

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