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January 06, 2016


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James Alton

That chimney-sweepers is used synonymously with dandelion in this line from Cymbeline needs justification. I know this poem very well and consider it to be an ideal funerary oration for all. Until now I've taken the reference to chimney-sweepers to be literal in that chimney-sweepers naturally come to dust in that they create it and for them it is, or was, nearly omni-present. How do dandelions come to dust in any other way than everything else does?

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