4.The speaker in this poem really defines love as something more of a longing, rather than an actual relationship with a lover. Our speaker never has any contact with the woman he loves, as she only loves another “subject”. He is consistent with how he uses the term, but it is not consistent with “the indifferent” poem as that poem, I feel, has no concept of love. If there is a concept of love, it would be solely based on transient love, where no love can be shared with one person too long or too intimately. 5.Donne might have been going through different phrases in his life. Perhaps the first poem was written when he was feeling more adventurous, and did not feel for settling for one lover. This poem however becomes much more different, as he now values the fidelity of a woman. In fact, he puts that first and foremost. He would rather have a girl remain true to her previous love and hate him, then have her love him and leave her current lover. 109. To the Mercy Killers
3 1. The epiphany that the speaker discovers at line 8 is that “Even though I be a clot, an aching clench, a stub, a stump, a butt, a scap, a knob, a screaming pain, a putrefying stench, still let me live, so long as life shall throb”. Regardless of how sedentary or lifeless the subject is, he would still rather live than be killed. 2. A killer is not merciful, nor can he be kind, unless of course it is Dr. Kevorkian. 3. I think the poem is definitely advocating a personal desire as the poem is littered with references to “I” and the poems most chilling and impactful line is the last one, where ti states “let me still glow. 110. How Annandale Went Out 1. The speaker is the doctor who performed a mercy killing. He is simply addressing, us the reader, to decide whether or not his actions were right or wrong. 2. The speaker repeats the lines “ I was there” to repeat the concept that the speaker was present in seeing the mangled victim. This helps the reader imagine what the speaker was going through when he saw the victim face to face. He “knew the ruin as he knew the man” means that the speaker knew what the man could be,but unfortunately he only saw what the man as has become. The meanings of “on the spot” is a double meaning, as he is literally there, with a dying man, but also figuratively, as he is a doctor that must decide whether a patient must live or die. 3. A slight kind of engine is a syringe. The gesture is not explained, so the reader must imagine what the gesture looks like. He has done something illegal, and really “immoral’ but his motivation to do so was to end the suffering of Annandale.
- Fall '11
- Sound, And, Sense, Woods, Mercy Killers