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Human Life Analysis

Author: Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Type: Poetry Views: 699

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If dead, we cease to be ; if total gloom

Swallow up life's brief flash for aye, we fare

As summer-gusts, of sudden birth and doom,

Whose sound and motion not alone declare,

But are their whole of being ! If the breath

Be Life itself, and not its task and tent,

If even a soul like Milton's can know death ;

O Man ! thou vessel purposeless, unmeant,

Yet drone-hive strange of phantom purposes !

Surplus of Nature's dread activity,

Which, as she gazed on some nigh-finished vase,

Retreating slow, with meditative pause,

She formed with restless hands unconsciously.

Blank accident ! nothing's anomaly !

If rootless thus, thus substanceless thy state,

Go, weigh thy dreams, and be thy hopes, thy fears,

The counter-weights !--Thy laughter and thy tears

Mean but themselves, each fittest to create

And to repay the other ! Why rejoices

Thy heart with hollow joy for hollow good ?

Why cowl thy face beneath the mourner's hood ?

Why waste thy sighs, and thy lamenting voices,

Image of Image, Ghost of Ghostly Elf,

That such a thing as thou feel'st warm or cold ?

Yet what and whence thy gain, if thou withhold

These costless shadows of thy shadowy self ?

Be sad ! be glad ! be neither ! seek, or shun !

Thou hast no reason why ! Thou canst have none ;

Thy being's being is contradiction.


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Lines 1-4:
If the body dies, the soul
lives on forever.
Line 5-6:
A human is body, mind, and spirit.
Line 7-9:
Everybody dies at some point in their life.
Line 10-14
Nature will choose death for everyone
not an unusual person.
Line 15-17:
When everything seems to go bad, look through your previous dreams, homes, fears, and then see if everything is really as bad as it seems.
Line 18-19:
Remember though that each previous
event reflects others and to be honest.
Line 2022:
Why do we wallow in what is not important, and hide ourselves for what is not important?
Line 23-26:
Why do we compare ourselves to what is in the past and not currently for we surely do change.
Line 27-28:
You feel what you feel for no apparent; yet you require reason.
Line 29:
A human life is nothing but contradiction. You will always conflict within yourself.

This is the best I could do.

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