April 18, 2015

Homework Help: English - Tone

Posted by Karen on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 5:47pm.

Would anyone want to help me figure out the tone of this poem?

Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part.
Nay, I have done, you get no more of me.
And I am glad, yea glad with all my heart
That thus so cleanly I myself can free.

Shake hands forever, cancel all our vows,
And when we meet at any time again,
Be it not seen in either of our brows
That we one jot of former love retain.

Now at the last gasp of Love's latest breath,
When, his pulse failing, Passion speechless lies,
When Faith is kneeling by his bed of death,
And Innocence is closing up his eyes—
Now, if thou wouldst, when all have given him over,
From death to life thou mightst him yet recover.

I think it's a sad acceptance and possibly even hope that it's not really over. He seems a little condescending in the first part also.

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