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  • POEM: Ash Wednesday by Thomas Stearns Eliot (5/2/2006 3:47:00 AM)

    This is one of my favorite poems we've read, maybe because it did not have too many alliterations that were way over my head like some of others. Many of the lines sound familiar, for they come from prayers I've had to recite in my CCD class (I'm Catholic) . The main theme I get from Ash Wednesday is that people who live in darkness, live without faith. They do not believe in God, and it is fear of the unknown and fear of the possibility of hell, that drives them to believe near the end of their lives, because they are not sure if Mary will still accept them into the 'ivory gates' despite their lack of belief. It is said that 'if you deny Him now, He will deny you later.'

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