Herbert and how he allows us to see the development of religious poetry at the time. Highly private, written as a record of his spiritual struggles. Also had it published to help others; ideal that the poetry has a social purpose, maybe religious one. Affliction 1 - herbert becoming a minister, how it was very difficult for him. Particularly because in the beginning he thought it would be very simple. Saw the world in very simple, innocent ideas. Line 19 - captures that in an almost nursery rhyme. At first thou gave me milk, flowers and happiness, there was no month but may. Trying to capture in himself a naivety at this point, to the point of being a little ignorant. He begins feeling this way and then suddenly something changes - with my years sorrow did twist and grow. He doesn"t understand what happened - it"s almost like a switch is flipped.