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A Slumber did my Spirit Seal Summary & Analysis
by William Wordsworth

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William Wordsworth's "A Slumber did my Spirit Seal" first appeared in the second edition of Lyrical Ballads (1800), a groundbreaking collaborative poetry collection by Wordsworth and his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge. "A Slumber did my Spirit Seal" is the last poem in a short sequence known as the "Lucy poems," in which a speaker expresses his love for (and grief over) a mysterious, idealized woman. In this poem, the speaker marvels over the strangeness of his beloved's death: having always seen her as young and vibrant, he can hardly wrap his head around the fact that her body is now as inert as the "rocks, and stones, and trees." The poem reminds readers that most people live deep in a delusional "slumber," barely acknowledging mortality despite death's inevitability.

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