Song Of Songs
The Old Testament is a collection of thirty-nine books. The book of Wisdom contains The Song of Songs, referred as the Song of Solomon. It is considered to be one of the greatest love poems in the world. Also, it is a celebration of erotic love. This poem is meant to be read more than once so the reader can understand it in full. Solomon wrote this poem during his reign as king of Israel. He begins his interpretation of a relationship between two lovers who are longing foe affection. Eventually, they get married. Theme of the poem is the goodness of marriage and love. Some people imply that poem describes generally Christ’s love for Church. Besides, it describes that God loves us. Despite, we are not always loyal to him; and God wants us to trust him. This poem is celebrating God’s creation and the glory of that creation which is undeniable the award of love between man and a woman. God is showing us the importance of commitment and love. It is also very meaningful that God has chosen to deal with this kind of topic which is extremely important. The topic of love is essential and valuable to human life. Also, this topic is presented to humankind through a poem not a long list of rules and regulations. Botanical and agricultural metaphors abounds. The imagery shows both beauty and disguised eroticism. This is what is so brilliant in this poem. The eroticism is hidden and private as is should be in marriage. Sexuality is a private thing between a husband and wife, it is not for the public view. The Song of Songs gives us a biblical basis for celebrating sexuality while teaching us to be discrete about it.
The poem is told from the woman’s point of view. Also it can be seen as a stream of consciousness, a monologue of a young girl’s experience. The poem is good for the soul because the poetry contains beautiful and meaningful lines.
Christians and Jew have applied different interpretations of the poem so the reader can understand it. For example they both agree that the poem is an allegory. It is a picture of God’s love for the people of Israel, or Christ’s love for Church as mentioned. Poem itself it is very enigmatic, it has no unambiguous remarks to religion and God.
The poem begins with their encounter, before the wedding. Two lovers idolize and yearn one another. The man wants to take it slow in natural pace. They get married. In marriage they feel temptation because the woman turns down her man. She looks for her beloved in the city streets. Nobody wants to help. She is feeling sad and guilty. They find each other and rejoin in their love. Now they are feeling love and trust.