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Well if they insist on taking it in that direction, I hope they were at least indignant about the lack of capitalization for the male pronouns. Maybe the word nativity was the catalyst? Or maybe "his glory"? Do they also think the Fair Youth is Jesus? So many questions.
Hm. Maybe it's because it looks just a teeny tiny little bit like some of the Psalms...where the singer is lamenting how horrible everything is and then at the end whips round to how wonderful God is anyway?...?Other than that I have no idea how the student thought a sonnet about getting old was a poem about being grateful to God.
Bardiac, everything is about Jesus.Except this.(Apologies to The Simpsons.)
Yikes. Don't be too hard on him/her though - you don't know where they are coming from. I knew a guy at Berkeley who later was embarrassed but admitted that he was quite racist before coming there - his parents had told him, "Don't trust Asians." He just didn't know any different.