What is the meaning of "Thy root is ever in its grave"? What is the paradox?

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charcunning eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A paradox is either a statement or group of statements that, at first, seem to contradict each other. Even though at first it may seem contradictory--they can't be true at the same time!--they do offer some unique perspective and they do offer up something that can possibly be true...so...

The root of a plant is its foundation, the source of the plant's life; however, in this sentence, the source of life for the plant is in a grave--death. This gives an interesting image because roots are in the ground and so are graves, yet the root is life and the grave is death.

 

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