A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London

by Dylan Thomas
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"After The First Death, There Is No Other"

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Context: The poet will not weep at the death of a child in a London fire during the war until darkness and silence betoken the end of creation. Words can add nothing to the natural purity and youthfulness which the child has carried with her in her flaming death. Now, removed from time and physical differences, she is united in eternal life with those who have already died:

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Deep with the first dead lies London's daughter,Robed in the long friends,The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,Secret by the unmourning waterOf the riding Thames.After the first death, there is no other.

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