• The Taylor is an invented form, patterned from Upon a Spider Catching a Fly by Edward Taylor (1642-1729) who some call the finest colonial poet although his work was not published until 1939. A puritan poet, his poems are lyrical and yet reflect a staunch Calvanist tone.
The Taylor is:
○ stanzaic, written in any number of cinquains.
○ metric, iambic, L1 trimeter, L2 and L4 dimeter, L3 tetrameter, L5 monometer.
○ rhymed or at least near rhymed ababb cdcdd efeff etc.
Upon a Spider Catching a Fly by Edward Taylor
Thou sorrow, venom elf.
Is this thy play,
To spin a web out of thyself
To catch a fly?
I saw a pettish wasp
Fall foul therein,
Whom yet thy whorl pins did not clasp
Lest he should fling
But as afraid, remote
Didst stand here at
And with thy little fingers stroke
And gently tap
Thus gently him didst treat
Lest he should pet,
And in a froppish waspish heat
Should greatly fret
Whereas the silly fly,
Caught by its leg,
Thou by the throat took’st hastily
And ‘hind the head
This goes to pot, that not
Nature doth call.
Strive not above what strength hath got
Lest in the brawl
This fray seems thus to us:
Hell’s spider gets
His entrails spun to whipcords’ thus,
And wove to nets
To tangle Adam’s race
To their destructions, spoiled, made base
By venom things,
But mighty, gracious Lord,
Thy grace to break the cord; afford
Us glory’s gate
We’ll Nightingale sing like,
When perched on high
In glory’s cage, Thy glory, bright,
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