What are two significant reasons for the semicolon in the play W;t?
Two significant reasons for the semicolon in W;t can be seen in John Donne's poem "Death Be Not Proud," and later in the play, when Vivian is literally near death. Depending on the edition of Donne's poem, either a semicolon or a comma is used to separate life and death. Vivian's professor insists a comma is correct, as "nothing but a breath separates life from death." Vivian later tries to conquer death, utilizing the semicolon in her recitation but to no avail.