Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
Born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel Hathorne and the former Elizabeth Clarke Manning, Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American author, poet, dark romantic and short-story writer who was a master of the allegorical and symbolic tale in the era of American Romanticism. He was considered one of the greatest fiction writers in American literature. He is known for his works "The Scarlet Letter" and "The House of the Seven Gables".
Go To The Grave
Go to the grave where friends are laid,
And learn how quickly mortals fade,
Learn how the fairest flower must droop,
Learn how the strongest form must stoop,
Learn that we are but dust and clay,
The short-liv'd creatures of a day.
Yet do not sigh -- there is a clime,
Where they will dwell through endless time,
Who here on earth their Maker serve,
And never from his precepts swerve.
The grave to them is but a road,
That leads them to that blest abode.
P- Talks about how life is short and that nothing lasts.
C- Positive: Flower, Strongest, Blest; Negative: Grave, Droop, Short-Liv'd, Never
A- Disappointment/ Reassurance
S- The shift is at "Yet do not sigh -- there is a clime..." because it went from death being a bad thing to it being good.
T- "Go To The Grave" means embrace death.
Satire of the Romantic Suicide - Leonardo Alenza
This painting connects to the text because it has people committing suicide. They are accepting death, which I believe is the message of "Go To The Grave".