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When Death Comes

When Death Comes


by Mary Oliver

When Death Comes Awe and Amazement Quotes

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Quote #4

and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility (lines 13-14)

This capacity for awe and amazement also seems connected to a willingness to disregard certain conventions (such as our view of time) and entertain ideas such as eternity (which is certainly an awesome concept, in both senses of the word).

Quote #5

I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular (lines 15-16)

Her capacity for amazement does not just apply to big, abstract forces like death, but also for the smallest, most transient of things. This line demonstrates an equality of care and attention given to things great and small.

Quote #6

When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement" (lines 21-22)

Here our speaker comes right out and says it. She wants to be connected to a sense of amazement all throughout her life. Being able to be amazed seems to be a way of taking in the world, of both appreciating and being a part of it.

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