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A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London Analysis



Author: poem of Dylan Thomas Type: poem Views: 6

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Never until the mankind making

Bird beast and flower

Fathering and all humbling darkness

Tells with silence the last light breaking

And the still hour

Is come of the sea tumbling in harness



And I must enter again the round

Zion of the water bead

And the synagogue of the ear of corn

Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound

Or sow my salt seed

In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn



The majesty and burning of the child's death.

I shall not murder

The mankind of her going with a grave truth

Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath

With any further

Elegy of innocence and youth.



Deep with the first dead lies London's daughter,

Robed in the long friends,

The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,

Secret by the unmourning water

Of the riding Thames.

After the first death, there is no other.






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The speaker refuses to mourn the death of the child,dead due to the london nazi bombing during the second world war.Religious imagery permeates this\"grave truth\',where the poet talks of mortality and entering the \"zion of water bead\" and \"synagogue of ear of corn\"-a biblical allusion to the city of israel,to which the deceased depart.At the same time,it is also entering into the primal elemental unity symbolized by nature of \"birds,beasts and flower\".The action of mourning is compared to the ‘sowing a salt seed’. The hope of its breeding as sterile or stagnant, for the death cannot come to life with mourning.Instead of the funeral shroud, the poet utilizes the word ‘sackcloth’ to belittle the situation caused by the human ritualistic mourning of the dead.she represented mankind .She proceeded with a ‘grave’ truth. The word ‘grave has two meanings here-that of being ‘serious’ and ‘pertaining to the grave’. The poet utilizes the statement “I shall not murder”-a reminder of the Ten Commandments. It is indicative of how religion (also) does not advocate the mourning of the child.Through death \"londons daughter\"has reunited with nature and is now\"robed\" in worms of decay-\"her long friend\",very much becoming a part of nature\'s cycle.thames river does not mourn the death of the child\"after one death,there is no other\"

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