Analysis of “The Song of Songs”


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Literature 123
4 April 2011
Analysis of "The Song of Songs"
The Song of Songs is an allegorical example of the love of God for the Israelites. The Song of Songs 1.2 evidences this love: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth” (The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha 960). In this case, the word “kiss” should not be taken in literal sense. Kissing is often associated with romantic love, but it is utilized to convey the depth of the love that God shares with the Israelites.
Structure plays a powerful part in The Song of Songs. The word “you” is utilized repeatedly throughout the passage. The inevitable return to the pronoun “you” belies the structure of the...
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.....the passage actually equates the “daughters of Jerusalem” with the actual Israelites themselves.
Finally, the passage is neither
nor is it a historical record of any great detail. It is a song in the truest creative sense with a flair for lyricism and a number of strong literary elements which render The Song of Songs ripe for analysis. There are reflections on the future however, with lines in which the narrator is examining subsequent events as in 4.6: “I will hasten to the mountain of myrrh” (The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha 963).
Works Cited
The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha. Eds. Michael
, Marc
, Carol Newsom, and
Perkins. New
York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Print.