From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Computation

The Computation

  

by John Donne

The Computation Time Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (line)

Quote #4

Yet call not this long life ; (line 9)

The end of the poem anticipates an objection every reader of this poem thinks at some point: impossible. This guy is old enough that he could have been one of Socrates's students in Ancient Greece. The speaker tells us that we have the wrong idea if we think that he is just old.

Quote #5

by being dead, immortal (line 10)

The speaker is not old, because he is dead. To be both "dead" and "immortal" is a total oxymoron, or contradiction in terms. Immortality means that you can't die. To make this contradiction work, the speaker has to fall back on supernatural language: he's a ghost.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement