|As a Satanist, I don't normally review things of God, because I know I can't give an unbiased review. I also avoid wasting my time reading thing that portray the Devil as villainous and vicious, because I see him as anything but those things; and I'm not looking to argue with anyone, especially with people who spit in the eyes of others, lol. Yet here we are, I, a Satanist, reviewing a poem about a man who refuses all the things that the Devil offers him.
Now, first, what is this poem really about and what is the author's purpose for writing it? Is this poem to show the a righteous religious man who refuses the temptations offered by the Devil? Did the author want to create the ideal, model religious man that other's should imitate? To not me tempted by the Devil and to send him back to the fiery pit of hell? That's how I read the poem and a majority of readers likely have the same or similar interpretation of this poem.
Many readers, most of whom are probably religious, will likely think this poem is about a man of God who is showing great strength by refusing the temptations presented by the Devil; refusing political power, beautiful women, and possibly otherworldly knowledge, all to please his God and go to heaven. But the speaker in the poem doesn't mention God nor heaven once throughout the poem, which I found kind of odd, given that most like to mention God in their poems and literary work.
So, in a way, this poem can open to interpretation given that the speaker of this poem doesn't openly say he is religious nor make any references to God or heaven. For example, as a Satanist, I can interpret this as a poem about a foolish, ordinary man who happened to come across the Devil. A man who is content with his simplistic life and who is too slothful and lazy to rule a kingdom and doesn't want any enlightenment. However, this is unlikely the case, the speaker in this poem is likely a man of God who is meant to be showing strength in the face of temptation.
If this poem is, in fact, meant to portray the model religious figure that others in the religion should imitate, then I see some issues, lol. First, I don't see anything righteous nor good about a man who spits in the eyes of the Devil. I know that speaker likely views the Devil as the most evil being in existence, but I don't think that's the kind of behavior anyone expects to see in a good and righteous man. I mean, I wouldn't spit in the eyes of God, who I greatly detest.
Aside from those things, I thought the poem had good rhythm and flow, with good rhyme. But I do have one issue, I feel like the poem is just a little too short and simple. I don't have anything wrong with short and simple poems, I write plenty of them, but with poems like this one, I feel like it could be longer. Longer not just to make it longer, but longer for a reason. For example, I think the poem could have been more powerful in it's message if the speaker had given some reasons to why he refuses the temptations. We see a reason only given when the Devil offers the speaker many women, an offer to which the speaker refuses saying that he's married, which many people will see as a good thing. It shows that he's faithful to his wife and does not cheat. It shows strength in his character. But when it comes to power and knowledge, the speaker doesn't give any good reason for refusing them but just simply refuses them. Maybe it's just me, but if you're going to give out a certain message, I feel like you should go in depth and explain things. Even if this poem is not so much to educate as to tell the story of a "brave" religious dude against temptations, I feel like it could have been way more epic and glorified.
I hope you liked my review, if you didn't well...I don't care lol, I'm a Satanist after all so my review shouldn't matter that much. Although I didn't like the content of the poem, I had fun reviewing it.