Flashcards in Behind Me-dips Eternity - Deck (11)
Life death and time
Behind me dips eternity/before me immortality
Speaker has left earth and is maybe travelling toward heaven . These lines open up the ideas of going beyond geological time (contrasts with thr bible)
Myself the term between
Speaker is caught between the two (the 'term' is still time orientated language). Highlights insignificance of speaker in comparison to immortality and eternity
Death but the drift of eastern grey
Death has a gentle nature (drift is not a harsh sounding word) it is a subtle state
Dissolving into dawn away
Paradoxical like 'last onset' in fly buzz. - death is a new beginning
Tis kingdoms, afterward, they say
Tone becomes satirical and religion is presented subversively. Tonal shift!! Relieved wisdom however speaker is doubtful showing they are undermining common teaching
Whose prince is son of none
Allusion to immaculate conception however it's sounding like its on the verge of being a joke. It could be alluding that this religious claim is contradictory and doesn't make sense
Tis miracle before me then/Tis miracle behind, between
In keeping with a belief of miracles by going against science.
And maelstrom in the sky
Shipwreck imagery. Storm and chaos at moment of death -splitting of the soul? Could mean a final judgement where damned are left behind.
What does the maelstrom at the end of the poem do
Undermines gentle image of death presented earlier I'm the poem.