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Fear No More

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Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
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:
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Fabrizio Frosini 14 November 2015

from www. geocities. ws: The first stanza contains an understatement in the phrase, ''Thou thy worldly task hast done.'' They do not specify the task the deceased has completed, but one could assume that they are speaking of his obligation to live. In line 4, the word wages is a connotation because it does not mean monetary pay. Instead, it means the hardships the deceased has endured, the lessons learned, and the wisdom gained from living a fitful life. The last two lines of the first stanza states that even the highest on the social ladders must all die and become dust. The second stanza begins much like the first stanza, giving the deceased some more examples of things they need not fear. The ending is much alike as well, reassuring them that the monarchs, intelligence, and doctors must all come together and die someday. The fourth stanza follows the pattern except it replaces the monarchs with lovers. Everyone must come and do as the deceased has done and come to dust. The last stanza is a wish that the two friends have for their deceased comrade. The exclamation points in the stanza make the two friends sound as if they are trying to ward off the evil spirits that exist in man’s mind. They are forbidding anything ill to come near their friend so that the deceased will have silent finality as well as reverence to the final resting place: the grave.

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Fabrizio Frosini 14 November 2015

from www. geocities. ws: this poem is taken from ''Cymbeline'', where two friends take turns addressing a friend they believe to be dead. The audience is the friend who is believed to be dead. However, this poem is so flexible that without the above knowledge, the speaker and audience could easily be lovers. The purpose of the poem is to assure the deceased that no harm will come to him or her. The horrors and evils endured in life are now untouchable to them. They can now finally take a deep breath and rest. The speaker(s) name the various items that must have once been uncomfortable to the deceased one. The descriptions of nature, government, necessity, gossip, and the supernatural are all used.

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Louis Gonzalez 08 January 2010

I believe the poem is also talking about how useless it is to fear the troubles of earth, because once death comes he'll take you away from those troubles. Worry no more, basicly. Death will set you free.

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Fred Babbin 23 August 2010

This is a eulogy, being addresssed to a corpse. Shakespeare is giving advice to no one.

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Varsha M 05 February 2021

You are right great doesn't rhyme with eat....this is visual rhyming aptly used many a times in poetry to make the poem look good.

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Deluke Muwanigwa 05 February 2021

I like that Shakespeare was going for rhyming couplets as a fous of the poem, but his flow and story telling remains intact. I found a forced rhyme and smiled a little. Great does not rhyme eat. They contain common letters but sound different. But who cares. A lovely peace by a virtuoso

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Shmuel 05 July 2021

Great did rhyme with eat then

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Robert Murray Smith 05 February 2021

The consequences of life are truly spent.

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Savita Tyagi 04 February 2021

As chimney sweepers come to dust......To live in fear is worst than death itself especially if one has lived the life to the fullest. great poem.

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Dr Pintu Mahakul 30 January 2021

No negative feelings and harmful magic, and nothing can cause harm any more. By seeing a grave we can know it well. We should not fear at all because everything comes to an end and turns into dust in this material world. This poem is excellent and inspirational.

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