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16/05/2017 · Topic Tag: quoting stanzas in essays
"A reflection upon the fact, noted in the preceding stanzas, that even the humblest of mankind try to perpetuate themselves by monuments and inscriptions. 'For who, even when death's hand was upon his very speech and memory, ever turned to die without regret for the pleasures and anxieties which fill human life, and without a desire to retain the human sympathy that he found there? Why! the instinct is so strong that even from the tomb itself, nay, even from our very ashes, it manages to find expression.' (Witness the 'uncouth rhymes' and inscriptions by which even these insignificant and ignorant dead strive to preserve their identity.)"
Quoting Poems Essays - Bonrostro - …
"The link in G[ray].'s thought is not clear, since the causal connection implied could be with either the memorials or the texts in the previous stanza: man's reluctance to be forgotten after death could have caused either the inscriptions on the graves or the need to have texts on the graves to teach those still living how to consider death. But these two lines are ambiguous in themselves and could be read in three ways: 'For who, about to become a prey to dumb forgetfulness (= oblivion)'; 'For who ever resigned this being to dumb forgetfulness (= oblivion)'; and 'For who was already so much the prey of forgetfulness (= insensibility) as to resign' etc. The first of these readings seems most likely: for 'forgetfulness' as 'oblivion' see Spenser, Ruins of Time 377-8: 'And them immortal make, which els would die / In foule forgetfulnesse'; and Visions of Bellay i 3: 'the forgetfulnes of sleepe'. See also Par. Lost ii 146-51: 'for who would loose, / Though full of pain, this intellectual being, / Those thoughts that wander through Eternity, / To perish rather, swallowd up and lost / In the wide womb of uncreated night, / Devoid of sense and motion?'"