An Hour Or Two Sacred To Sorrow By Richard Steele

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In the essay “An Hour or Two Sacred to Sorrow,” Richard Steele describes how different types of deaths afflicted him through life. Steele’s first encounter with death, occurred when he was a young child and his father had passed away. Not understanding the reason why he thought that “he was locked up there” until he saw his mother sobbing by his coffin. Steele argues that “a body in embryo; [receiving] impressions so forcible, that they are hard to be removed by reason,” stating that a loss as an adult is nothing compared to a loss as a child. The second type of death is the death of a soldier, who “move rather our veneration than our pity.” Steele is claiming that a soldier's death is not all sadness but it is glory and honor as well. Steele’s
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