Elegy V: His Picture
This poem was first published in 1633.

Elegy V: His Picture

Here take my picture, though I bid farewell;
Thine, in my heart, where my soul dwells, shall dwell.
’Tis like me now, but I dead, ’twill be more
When we are shadows both, than ’twas before.
When weather-beaten I come back; my hand,
Perhaps with rude oars torn, or sun-beams tanned,
My face and breast of haircloth, and my head
With care’s rash sudden hoariness 1 o’erspread, 1 gray hair from old age
My body a sack of bones, broken within,
And powder’s 2 blue stains scattered on my skin; 2 gunpowder
If rival fools tax thee to have loved a man,
So foul, and coarse, as oh, I may seem then,
This shall say what I was: and thou shalt say,
Do his hurts reach me? doth my worth decay?
Or do they reach his judging mind, that he
Should now love less, what he did love to see?
That which in him was fair and delicate,
Was but the milk, which in love’s childish state
Did nurse it: who now is grown strong enough
To feed on that, which to disused tastes seems tough.
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In lines 11-20, the speaker imagines a future moment of conflict between the beloved and the “rival fools” that serves to *
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The speaker’s presentation of his picture to his beloved builds suspense in the poem because it raises the possibility that the *
In lines 5-12 (“When . . . then”), the speaker describes changes that may take place in his appearance primarily in order to *
In context, lines 1-2 (“Here . . . dwell”) serve to indicate which of the following about the speaker? *
The speaker’s comparison of his own youthful looks to “milk” (line 8) primarily serves to suggest *
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