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What advice do you think the poet would give to the grieving Margaret in “Spring and Fall”?

To a young child

Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow’s springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

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    The question is "what ... do you think ... ?"

    Let us know, and someone here will be happy to comment.

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    I'm not sure. I need help thinking of advice...

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    What does that last line mean?

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    Hmm... It means that she might be mourning for herself because as she gets older she will experience grief throughout her life.

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    Exactly. So how would you rephrase that into a statement of advice?

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    Umm.. I don't know. I can't think of anything right now.

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