Monday, September 29, 2008

Fear no more the heat o' the sun

"Fear no more the heat o' the sun
Nor the furious winter's rages." (
pg. 9)

These two lines are from a poem written by William Shakespeare. In short, Shakespeare's poem says to no longer fear worldly woes because you're dead. Mentions of dust, graves and "quiet consummation" strengthen this message. Woolf clearly chose to allude to this poem because Clarissa had just been thinking to herself about whether anything matters in the end. Including a short line from a poem about death and release amongst a passage where the main character is pondering whether her life (or anyone else's life) matters go together.


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