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" Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death, Call'd him soft names in many a mused rhyme, To take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever seems it rich to die, To cease upon the midnight with no pain, While... "
Chambers's Pocket Miscellany - Page 74
1854
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The Invention of Evening: Perception and Time in Romantic Poetry

Christopher R. Miller - Art - 2006 - 262 pages
...holds the prospect of heaven in agnostic suspension: Now more than ever seems it rich to die, To cease upon the midnight with no pain, While thou art pouring...ears in vain — To thy high requiem become a sod. (55-60) Ensconced in his "mossy cell," the Penseroso hopes his systematic study of nature ("every star...
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The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know

Diane Ravitch - Literary Collections - 2006 - 486 pages
...mused rhyme, To take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever seems it rich to die, To cease upon the midnight with no pain, While thou art pouring...ears in vain — To thy high requiem become a sod. VII Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird! No hungry generations tread thee down; The voice I...
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And Never Know the Joy: Sex and the Erotic in English Poetry

C. C. Barfoot - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 490 pages
...experience, hence the claim in the sixth stanza that Now more than ever seems it rich to die, To cease upon the midnight with no pain, While thou art pouring...have ears in vain To thy high requiem become a sod. (11. 55-60) The word "ecstasy" in this context suggests the ecstasy of orgasm, la petite mort ("little...
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The Cave

Robert Penn Warren - Fiction - 2006 - 403 pages
...time realizing fully the trance of power and the triumphant liquidity of the syllabification. [353] "No hungry generations tread thee down; The voice...hear this passing night was heard In ancient days — " Ah, all seemed as clear — as clear as the triumph of life. All seemed to be only as it had...
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In a Cardboard Belt!: Essays Personal, Literary, and Savage

Joseph Epstein - Literary Collections - 2007 - 410 pages
...ever seems it rich to die, To cease upon the midnight with no pain, While thou art pouring forth my soul abroad In such an ecstasy! Still wouldst thou...ears in vain — To thy high requiem become a sod. Some seven hours later, finally having lost the fight against drowning being waged in his own lungs,...
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The Secret Wound: Love-Melancholy and Early Modern Romance

Marion Wells - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 384 pages
...mused rhyme, To take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever seems it rich to die, To cease upon the midnight with no pain, While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad In such an ecstasy! (Ode to a Nightingale 51-58) Baudelaire said of Delacroix that he was the foremost "modern" painter...
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L'Anglais au bac [terminales] L'Anglais au Bac Gisserot-bac

...throne, clustered around with all her starry fays.... now more than ever seems it rich to die, to cease upon the midnight with no pain, while thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad, in such an ecstasy."... (1819) je suis tout avec toi ! tendre est la nuit et la reine, la Iune, est sur son trdne, entouree...
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Monsters of Our Own Making: The Peculiar Pleasures of Fear

Marina Warner - Social Science - 2007 - 441 pages
...strikes a strong contrast between his heaviness ('My heart aches') and the bird's light-winged joyousness ('While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad/ In such an ecstasy'). But he does modulate the mood of the ode in accord with his mythical sources, and closes the poem on...
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