This Hour and What Is Dead
by Li-Young Lee
This Hour and What Is Dead Love Quotes
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I've had enough of his love
that feels like burning and flight and running away. (32-33)
This is the moment when our speaker finally comes out and admits what he's been hinting at with that refrain "Somebody tell him he should sleep." He finally announces his frustration at being so bound up in and defined by his relationship to others. He proclaims himself as an individual by using that first "I." And how does he distinguish himself? By pulling away from love, which, as we've seen, is a powerful connecting force. It is through this stepping back from love (which brings with it all that loss and death) that our speaker hopes to get some relief. But do you really think he will?