Treasure Island

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

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The Suicide's Argument

Ere the birth of my life, if I wished it or no
No question was asked me--it could not be so !
If the life was the question, a thing sent to try
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  • stop revolving (6/23/2009 10:54:00 AM)

    well nice poem you have, I agree... For me who loves romantic poems, I like the suicide version of Romeo and Juliet very tragic and romantic otherwise this is poem right? Who describe the poet feeling or experience in life... I am sorry if I'm being naif but honestly I don't mean a bad things here... Tks (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (6/23/2009 10:13:00 AM)

    Of course, many people contemplate suicide for the reasons cited in the first stanza. However, some would argue that there is a difference between Coleridge's NATURE and Straw's NATURE RED IN TOOTH AND CLAW and Servell's CREATOR who has 'much to say' to us and any prospective suicides among us. There is another perspective to be considered, however, if we take into account the tendency of poets to credit NATURE with the emotions of human beings. This tendency led to a phrase coined by John Ruskin - 'pathetic fallacy'! NATURE does not speak to us using human language to communicate in any way whatsoever. NATURE is indifferent to our sufferings, to our life and to our death alike. NATURE does NOT give us life and death; it is NOT a well-spring of anything - NATURE just IS! Atleast that's how I understand Ruskin's 'pathetic fallacy' and its effect on us. (Report) Reply

  • Will Servell (6/23/2009 7:26:00 AM)

    I like the peom because it focuses on the most important question of all: is life worth living, or what is the meaning of life or what is happiness? I like the poets' question more than I like the answer to the question. I think everybody on earth in all times, sooner or later come to this point where they ask this question.

    To me it seems fair enough to ask our Creator to help. Honestly I would be very sad if my Creator had nothing more to say than what nature says in this poem. I can almost imagine that the Creator's answer might not differ that much from what nature says in this poem but the Creator of all life does have so much more to say and more importantly he can and will help. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (6/23/2009 6:32:00 AM)

    It's not so simple as that! Nature is red in tooth and claw, as well as being a well-spring of joy. Life and death are its gift - it gives youth and then takes it away, it gives health and destroys it with disease. People have found their lives unbearable for one reason or another throughout history. Often the reason why they commit suicide is because Nature, they feel, has left them no alternative. (Report) Reply

  • Fade Ward (6/23/2009 3:44:00 AM)

    i enjoyed it much it makes me re think about my saying like dont live life like the hermit crab in the bottom of the teary sea seek out for help dont hide away and abadon all hope you have good write (Report) Reply

  • Gil Gregorio (6/23/2004 11:16:00 AM)

    Splendid expression of hatred and compassion. The suttleness of expression made the whole poetry it! (Report) Reply

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