“Amazing Grace” by John Newton “Amazing Grace” is a hymn that speaks to the heart and soul of many who are looking for faith, forgiveness, redemption, salvation, and grace. John Newton is able to stir the soul with an emotional connection relating salvation. As a hymnist, this form of the poetry is categorized as narrative poetry because it tells a story that is sung about salvation, whereby he uses figure of speech to express to create a distinctive and imaginative effect, and has drawn upon his own personal experience to convey his story.
Growing up in a Baptist church, this hymn was a staple in the sermons preached on Sundays. This poem is widely known because in ails of time we’ve either heard it from the pulpit or from our grandmothers giving thanks to her Almighty God for saving her. Although this poem is short it is to the point. As stated in our text “hymns relate to universal human experience and the sweeping range of emotions they produce” and is a “poetic expressions of praise, hymns connect (and lift) these feelings—joyful, fearful, sad, grateful—to a divine realm as evidence of faith and with expectation of hope. (Clugston, 2010). The song is universal and the lyrics are well known throughout the world. John Newton creatively does not imply who is he speaking of but uses metaphors that describe the attributes and nature of its being. The title alone “Amazing Grace” illustrates the purity of this being as it relates to the excellence and awe of divine love.
The figurative language offers metaphors that describe his personal relationship with God when he says “I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see” is used to show how aimless his soul was before he received revelation on the mercy of God. Also, we can see it when he says “ How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed! ” which could mean that when he did receive revelation it was like a gift. If anything else we can gather that this is a personal story writing to be shared with many about his personal Savior whom he calls “Amazing Grace”.
The history of this poem is derived from a man who at one point in his life was a slave-ship captain, carrying men and women from Africa to be sold as slaves that eventually turned his life around and became an Anglican priest and hymn writer, advocating the Christian view of redemptive forgiveness (Clugston, 2010). The verses in the story take on a first person point of view where he talks about “I” and “me”. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed!
I have always been astounded by the profoundness and sentiments of this hymn but I never looked behind the reason for such hymn. It was interesting to know the history of the author and really see how God has changed his life. Now when I sing the verses of the song I will have a new sense of salvation and grace. This song is reassuring that even in my darkest days I can still seek redemption and forgiveness by His grace. References: Clugston, R. W. (2010). Journey into literature. San Diego, California: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Retrieved November 28, 2011, from https://content. ashford. edu/books