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Funeral Blues Symbolism, Imagery & Wordplay
There’s more to a poem than meets the eye.
The speaker spends the first stanza of "Funeral Blues" jawing about how much he wants everyone and everything to pipe down. Maybe he wants some peace and quiet to deal with his thoughts. Maybe he w...
The speaker is not just concerned with his own reaction to the man's death. He wants the acknowledgment of the public, too. Even though we don't really have much of a reason to think that the dead...
Sun, moon, stars…sounds lovely, right? Well, not to our speaker. He wants all these lovely things—and everything else in nature, it seems—to leave him alone. The grief he feels seems to have...
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