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  1. Newbie
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    Question The swallow leaves her nest

    Thomas Lovell Beddoes:

    THE swallow leaves her nest,
    The soul my weary breast;

    Question about the poem above:

    I can understand the first line but I do not know what the poet refers to in the second line. Does he refer 'the soul' as the 'nest' or to the swallow? It seems he is trying to depict the 'weary breast'.

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    Re: The swallow leaves her nest

    He is creating an analogy. Just as the swallow leaves her nest, my soul leaves my weary breast. I think he is describing his death.

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