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Spring and Fall

Spring and Fall


by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Lines 14-15 Summary

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Lines 14-15

It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

  • The speaker says that these sources of sadness are common to everyone. It is the "blight," or sorrow, that everyone is "born for." 
  • So, in the end, even though Margaret thinks that she's crying over the dying leaves, she's really crying over her own mortality. She's mourning herself, in a weird way. 
  • Not a particularly bright note to end on, but there ya go, kid. We're all gonna die. Good times!

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