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a consummation devoutly to be wishd

Another quick question (but this time a really good one)

Because this time it’s Robert Frost’s short poem, ‘A question’:

A voice said, Look me in the stars
And tell me truly, men of earth,
If all the soul-and-body scars
Were not too much to pay for birth.

I came across it last night while looking for something completely different and read it for the first time in (I think) 20 years. The thing that caught me was the hyphenation of soul-and-body, which struck me as smack on with Buddhist teachings of suffering. That was the new reflection it brought, the ones that came from memory were just how fantastic ‘Look me in the stars’ is, and how the truly great poets can pack so much punch into just four lines.
Anyway, I enjoyed it again and decided to share it here. 

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