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Function of Couplet

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A Lecture Upon the Shadow, John Donne, 1635

Donne, John. "A Lecture Upon the Shadow." Poetryfoundation.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.

The poem's final couplet (lines 25-26) can best be read as

A

an optimistic warning.

B

a hasty imprecation.

C

a solemn valediction.

D

a nonsensical reflection.

E

a brusque acceptance of reality.