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Monday, April 18, 2016

DISCUSSION -WHY THE COLOUR PURPLE USED IN DEATH THE LEVELLER

FOR OUR ENGLISH CLUB MEMBERS,WE START A NEW  INTERACTIVE PROJECT IN THIS BLOG SPACE- A TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION EVERY WEEK.....THIS WEEKS TOPIC.....Why does the poet use the colour purple in the poem DEATH THE LEVELLER ?.....Please send your answers to seakeyare@gmail.com.YOUR ANSWERS WILL BE PUBLISHED HERE....
FOR OUR ENGLISH CLUB MEMBERS,WE START A NEW  INTERACTIVE PROJECT IN THIS BLOG SPACE- A TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION EVERY WEEK.
THIS WEEK'S TOPIC-
Why does the poet use the colour purple in the poem DEATH THE LEVELLER ?
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ANSWER 1.
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The reference to the color purple is very important in this line given the meaning behind the use of the color. The color purple can represent many different things. First, it is made from combining the colors red (the warmest color) and blue (the coolest color). This makes purple a color which holds balance.
The color purple is also a color typically used in religious ceremonies given its historical use in being worn by both royalty and is used as the color most representative by the Catholic Church during Advent. Purple is also the color used in funerals.
Given that the poem has a religious undertone, as denoted by the term 'alter', the use of the color purple makes sense.
As for the meaning of the line "Upon Death's purple alter now", the line refers to the fact that no one can escape Death. Death, in this case, is personified. What this means is that death is given a proper name (Death- denoted by the capitalization) and, therefore, is able to function in the same way that man can (Death can "lay his icy hand on kings").
Simplistically, what is being said is that all men will come to lie on Death's alter- a place where all who die must come.

1 comment:

RADHAKRISHNAN C K said...

I think deaths purple altar is the Warfield itself, where the blood of the dead and wounded soldiers might have dried out and turned purple . It also reminds one of the altar of a christian church reminiscent of Christ's sacrifice.

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