The Rhodora Themes

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Divinity

The speaker's belief in a divine power that guides the events of the world is evident in the final two lines: "But, in my simple ignorance, suppose / The self-same Power that brought me there brought you." The speaker is responding to the question of why the rhodora is in such a secluded place. He is satisfied with the answer that God guides the flower's place in the world, just as He guides the speaker's. This conclusion reveals a belief that the world is ordered according to a divine plan, and the speaker's role is merely to accept his place in that plan. He is appreciative of the lessons he learns from nature; presumably, he seeks the wisdom of nature because of his belief that it is ordered by God.

The speaker is subtle in his spiritual assertions; the poet does not use the word "God." Instead, he capitalizes...

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