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A Wish Analysis



Author: poem of Matthew Arnold Type: poem Views: 30


I ask not that my bed of death
From bands of greedy heirs be free;
For these besiege the latest breath
Of fortune's favoured sons, not me.

I ask not each kind soul to keep
Tearless, when of my death he hears;
Let those who will, if any, weep!
There are worse plagues on earth than tears.

I ask but that my death may find
The freedom to my life denied;
Ask but the folly of mankind,
Then, at last, to quit my side.

Spare me the whispering, crowded room,
The friends who come, and gape, and go;
The ceremonious air of gloom—
All which makes death a hideous show!

Nor bring, to see me cease to live,
Some doctor full of phrase and fame,
To shake his sapient head and give
The ill he cannot cure a name.

Nor fetch, to take the accustomed toll
Of the poor sinner bound for death,
His brother doctor of the soul,
To canvass with official breath

The future and its viewless things—
That undiscovered mystery
Which one who feels death's winnowing wings
Must need read clearer, sure, than he!

Bring none of these; but let me be,
While all around in silence lies,
Moved to the window near, and see
Once more before my dying eyes

Bathed in the sacred dew of morn
The wide aerial landscape spread—
The world which was ere I was born,
The world which lasts when I am dead.

Which never was the friend of one,
Nor promised love it could not give,
But lit for all its generous sun,
And lived itself, and made us live.

There let me gaze, till I become
In soul with what I gaze on wed!
To feel the universe my home;
To have before my mind -instead

Of the sick-room, the mortal strife,
The turmoil for a little breath—
The pure eternal course of life,
Not human combatings with death.

Thus feeling, gazing, let me grow
Composed, refreshed, ennobled, clear;
Then willing let my spirit go
To work or wait elsewhere or here!

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It would seem to me that the narrator of this poem does want individuals not to leave him alone, but on the contrary, he wants individuals to remember him and to weep for him. He, however, does not want people to go overboard and make it seem as though death is some villain who has taken the narrator's life. The narrator, and I also believe Matthew Arnold himself, want people to realize that death can also be a peaceful place. The narrator does wish to be left alone in his final hours though, so that he may witness the beauties of the world around him. At the end the narrator explains how he wants to become one with this beautiful world, perhaps by being buried.

| Posted on 2010-03-25 | by a guest


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I interpret this poem as a man dealing with his own death. He is saying he doesnt want the meaningless customs and celebration that we usually associate with a funeral. He just wishes to be left alone to view the beautiful world that has given him this life.

| Posted on 2010-02-24 | by a guest




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