What is the main theme of the poem "We Are Seven?"

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The main theme in "We Are Seven" is the subject of life and death. The speaker of the poem meets a rural child and asks her how many siblings she has. She claims, "Seven in all," implying that she is one of seven children. Then the child elaborates and explains that two of her siblings are dead. "Two of us in the churchyard lie," (21). This is where the theme of life and death gets more specific. The theme becomes more about the different ways children and adults interpret death.

The speaker challenges the young girl's interpretation:

If two are in the church-yard laid,

Then ye are only five. (35-36)

Here, the speaker tells the girl that, since two of her siblings are dead, she is one of only five children...

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