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Summary of Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies

Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies

- William Shakespeare

This poem is written by English dramatist William Shakespeare. He is not a greatest dramatist but also famous poet and actor. This poem is taken from Shakespeare play 'The Tempest' where the spirit sings this song to Ferdinand, Prince of Naple's who mistakenly thinks his father is drowned.

Ariel tells Ferdinand that his father lies full 30 feet below in the sea. His death has become very meaningful. His bones are changed into Coral and eyes are turned into pearls. All part of his death body is changed into something valuable and stranged. The sea nymphs welcome him by ringing the death bell ringtone every hour.

In this poem, the Spirit  Ariel has presented very artful and melodious description about the death of Ferdinand's father. The prince of Naples is worried thinking that his father is drowned. He is very sad about the meaningless death of his father. However Arial gives him sympathy by making the death meaningful through his powerful and magical description. He says that nothing of the dead body is decayed wastefully. He tries to convince Ferdinand that his father's body is not decayed even after his death. He is transformed into something precious. This also suggest that death is not the end of life. It is rather beginning of immortal life.


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