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The Expiration Analysis

Author: Poetry of John Donne Type: Poetry Views: 622

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So, so, break off this last lamenting kiss,Which sucks two souls, and vapors both away,

Turn thou ghost that way, and let me turn this,And let our selves benight our happiest day,

We ask none leave to love; nor will we oweAny, so cheap a death, as saying, Go;

Go; and if that word have not quite kil'd thee,Ease me with death, by bidding me go too.

Oh, if it have, let my word work on me,And a just office on a murderer do.

Except it be too late, to kill me so,Being double dead, going, and bidding, go.


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.: The expiration - parting :.

Just a basic over-view: the poem is, on the surface, about death and the parting of two souls. But the "parting of two souls" can also be interpreted as a physical distance taken between two people - perhaps one is travelling away from their lover, etc. There are a variety of possibilities. The focal point is the idea of one's last breath also being one's soul leaving their body as death encompasses them.

"vapors" is a word with quite a different meaning to today's; rather than simply relating to gasses, as one would now think, it deals with ghosts, spirits, and the above-mentioned "last breath = soul".

The idea of death also links to matters of a sexual nature, re: "little death". "Double dead", etc.

That is all I've so far gathered, the rest will probably be pretty simple to piece together after this basic over-view.

Thanks, Olivia, 17 yrs, NZ

| Posted on 2005-05-18 | by Approved Guest

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