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Human Life

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If dead, we cease to be ; if total gloom
Swallow up life's brief flash for aye, we fare
As summer-gusts, of sudden birth and doom,
Whose sound and motion not alone declare,
But are their whole of being ! If the breath
Be Life itself, and not its task and tent,
If even a soul like Milton's can know death ;
O Man ! thou vessel purposeless, unmeant,
Yet drone-hive strange of phantom purposes !
Surplus of Nature's dread activity,
Which, as she gazed on some nigh-finished vase,
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Dr Lakshmi S Bose 15 October 2019
nice one, beautifully written
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Ty kun 05 August 2019
This is a reductio ad absurdum against those who deny the immortality of the soul. There is nothing bleak or nihilistic about this poem. This is the perfect marriage of verse and logos.
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KEERTHY 02 July 2018
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Chalo John 30 June 2016
It is true that life is meaningless even though we forget that.
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Peter Cheyne 02 March 2016
Instead of reading this poem as kind advice to a likeminded other, try reading it as Coleridge––who did not believe that once 'dead, we cease to be'––attempting to persuade an atheist that human life is indeed meaningful, and that our life is not 'Blank accident! nothing's anomaly! ' Those who believe, however, that human life is merely 'Blank accident', have no reason by their own premises, Coleridge is arguing, to be sad––or glad.
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Richy Alzy 25 February 2016
..Thy being's being is contradiction. Often times we seem to wonder the true purpose of our existence. If death could but have no effect on us, would life still be of value? This I keep pondering every now and then. Great work Sire!
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John Ugolo Umah 25 February 2016
Indeed we are seized by death. Very nice ink.
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Susan Williams 25 February 2016
I could not enjoy life as something meaningless- - - - - - -Be sad! be glad! be neither! seek, or shun! Thou hast no reason why! Thou canst have none; Thy being's being is contradiction.
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Uzefa Rashida M.a 25 February 2016
Life and death both are contradictory and exist only in the absence of the other.
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Ramesh T A 25 February 2016
Human life is indeed a big contradiction according to S T Coleridge! Rejoicing or loathing in life cannot change death if our life is brief or big in this world that even Milton knew pretty well! Ah! What a bold exposition about human life in this ephemeral world!
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