After Death

PosterˇG Maggy Zheng at 19:34:17 3/2/98 from

The first to the third line described the scene in the funeral. Undoubtedly, the speaker was dead. She got out from her body (the spirit) and looked at everything." The curtain were half drawn and the floor was swept". Here showed the sad atmosphere in a special way. People in the funeral were sorry for the bad news and did not want to say a word so the funeral was noiseless and the place was clean.

In my view, I guess the man was the speaker's lover. However, the love between them was strange. There was no any words telling us about their emotion, their feelings toward each other. Why he thought that she slept, not thought that she died ? I believe the reason is that he didn't want to. "She died " meaned she would never come back, never talk, never laugh, never be alive. It was probably very cruel, especially for those who lost people they loved. The man would rather think that she slept, and it somehow showed a little hope because she might wake up one day, which we know definitely impossible. Here we find love.

On the other hand, we can see that the speaker looked at everything in a calm way. The attitude was too calm to let people believe that she was dead. Most time when death is mentioned, it is always full of sadness, but we don't have the same feelings in this poem. We know that the speaker felt sweet at last because her lover cried for her. It is not common. We often want to be with people we love, and we want smiles not tears. But the speaker was happy about it, I think they might be very cold to each other, and they didn't show their love easily before so the tear proved the man's affection to her. In other words, the tear meaned a lot and it sweetened her.

When do I know that the speaker is dead? I think some verbs have given certain idea, such as " lay ˇ§, " slept ". In line 9--" he didn't touch the shroud, or raise the fold...." tell us the whole situation. At that time I realize that she is not alive.

I want to explain the man's words: Poor child, poor child. It seemed that he was sad about his pet, but I think it in the other way. Maybe he loved her very much and thought her as his baby so he called her ˇ§child ˇ§. Or he could do nothing for her anymore, he felt regret. The words showed his deep feelings. Moreover, the last line "--to know he still is warm tho' I am cold." I think the word " warm ˇ§ not only maenad the man's attitude but also his heart. Although he might treat her cold when she was alive, but he still cared her and pitied her after her death. That was the reason that we feel happiness at last because the speaker didn't think death as a terrible thing.


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