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View Diary: Books That Changed My Life--What Is Your Favorite Poem About Death? (94 comments)

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  •  Antony and Cleopatra, Act IV sc. 15 (5+ / 0-)

    CLEOPATRA
    Noblest of men, woo't die?
    Hast thou no care of me? shall I abide
    In this dull world, which in thy absence is
    No better than a sty? O, see, my women,

    [MARK ANTONY dies]

    The crown o' the earth doth melt. My lord!
    O, wither'd is the garland of the war,
    The soldier's pole is fall'n: young boys and girls
    Are level now with men; the odds is gone,
    And there is nothing left remarkable
    Beneath the visiting moon.

    ______

    I love GBS's comment on the passage: "This isn't good sense, or even good grammar...it is a rag to make the tempest of passion visible."

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