A Short Summary Of George's 'George George'

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In the fourteenth poem, the speaker must come to terms with the fact that the relationship is over. He is faced with images of autumnal change and decay but does not want to accept them. The poem features short verses of only three to four syllables that are often connected by enjambments into bigger units of meaning and a concentrated syntactic structure almost without conjunctions. Although George ended the eighth verse with a full stop, the second half does not form a complete sentence but continues the sentence of the first half. The compressed form corresponds to the poem’s images of transience. As the speaker asks the addressee not to repeatedly speak about the signs of late autumn that he associates with the ended relationship, it seems unlikely he addresses an onlooker like in the fifth…show more content…
He might talk to himself, trying to suppress the painful images, or, most likely, he addresses the beloved, who constantly (“immer”) reminds him of the approaching farewell he is not ready for. In the first three verses, he asks her not to speak about the foliage. While leaves were associated with protection in earlier poems, here, they convey an image of decay that gets enhanced as the personified wind forcibly takes them (v. 3). As if constricted by pain, the speaker phrases the sentence as short as possible without a word that indicates a comparison or equation of the leaves and “wind’s prey”. The fourth and fifth verse employ yet another autumnal image as the speaker asks the beloved not to speak of the quinces that smash on the ground. The ripe quinces that could be a symbol of fertility are wasted and destroyed. The verb
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