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Unformatted text preview: 2. Sprig of lilac- also can represent Lincoln himself • “A sprig with its flower I break” -parallels Lincoln's death 3. Lincoln is also referred to as the great star • “The great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night” • “O western orb sailing the heaven' 4. Also mention of a bird throughout- a symbol of freedom 2 • “Solitary the thrush. ..song of the bleeding throat, death's outlet song of life” • “Sing on, sing on you gray brown bird” • “I cease my song for thee” • 'How should I warble myself for the dead one there I loved?” 5. Coffin- Lincoln only referred to as a coffin- no body • “Here, coffee that slowly passes, I give you my sprig of lilac” • “Coffin that passes through lanes and streets...
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- Fall '08
- English, Mourning, Great Star, western orb sailing, gray brown bird, coffin- finality