Sunday, February 16, 2014

Shakespeare: Fear No More

Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan;
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.

No exorciser harm thee!
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have;
And renowned be thy grave! 


  This poem is Shakespeare's way of finding someone to consulate in the death of a loved one. In the first stanza he is addressing his love "fear no more.......come to us." He states when someone dies, they are rewarded by going to heaven. In the beginning the poem shows how death comes equally to rich and poor. He also states how weakness and strengths mean nothing when death takes place. 
Shakespeare theme in this poem is death and how bad life can be. This poem consist of four stanzas and six lines in each stanza.He uses  imagery throughout this poem to illustrate the death.  The poem'stone is sad which creates a tranquil mood for the readers. 

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