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Argument For Suicide

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Send this man to the mine, this to the battle,
Famish an aged beggar at your gates,
And let him die by inches- but for worlds
Lift not your hand against him- Live, live on,
As if this earth owned neither steel nor arsenic,
A rope, a river, or a standing pool.
Live, if you dread the pains of hell, or think
Your corpse would quarrel with a stake- alas
Has misery then no friend?- if you would die
By license, call the dropsy and the stone

And let them end you- strange it is;
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: suicide
Bernard F. Asuncion 13 April 2017

The things worth living for.... thanks for posting...

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Alexander Julian 13 April 2017

I agree with this poem. When someone concentrates on life so much, his or her life becomes less than a prize than just some motto for paying small amounts of attention to the things that matter in life like stakes and pools of whatever. We should do what the Japanese do, which is to count big and small things in life. How do you know if your life is huge if you don't count the little things?

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Edward Kofi Louis 13 April 2017

Magic circles! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Lantz Pierre 13 April 2017

Too many spend their lives idly without focus or aim. Why? It matters not a bit. Not one bit. It is not for any of us to decide the fate of someone outside of ourselves. But each of us need decide why it is we live, and should we fail to find sufficient reason then the option of suicide is real and valid. If you have no reason to live it is no one else's fault, don't lash out, look within. Can misery be your friend? My paraphrase of Wordsworth's Argument.

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Ash Frost 13 April 2017

life has problems solve it

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chris 01 November 2018

Such a powerful poem, and unexpected in that era - he has such a handle on life, especially in the last the last few lines -

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Seamus O Brian 13 April 2017

I can appreciate his perspective, and as a physician can certainly empathize with those to whom death calls as a refuge from the pain of life. However, the examples he offers are situations that are dynamic- potentially malleable to a degree by the sufferer's fellow man. Poverty, war, debt- certainly these are not unchangeable circumstances. I suppose I am suggesting that in these types of circumstances we as a society have an obligation to not allow suicide to be the easy option. In cases of terminal illness with intractable pain- well, that's another argument altogether. Beautifully written, of course- allowing a man to die inch by inch....so profoundly condemning....

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Sylvaonyema Uba 13 April 2017

strange it is... Suicide is never the best option. It is better to confront our problems. sylva

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Ratnakar Mandlik 13 April 2017

magic circles drawn round the thing called life Beautiful conceptualization. Thanks for sharing it here.

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And most fantastic are the magic circles Drawn round the thing called life- till we have learned To prize it less, we ne'er shall learn to prize The things worth living for.- William Wordsworth has been my favourite poet right from the days when we studied The Daffodils in school and recited it over and over again. But this poem- Argument for Suicide is an intense poem bordered with deep philosophy. The perception we have towards life is sometimes so strange. The poet leaves us with a mind full of queries as to the worth of things that we live for or is it the worthiness of life itself? Suicide and misery!

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