Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair

NewAmerica

Senior Member
Mandarin
Who'se beleaguered here? "I"?


Thanks in advance

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“Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair
,
Show an affirming flame.”

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  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes, I.

    The syntax with long participial phrases is typical of literary styles of English that including formal religious language. This use of "may" to express a wish or prayer is also typical of this style of English: "may" here represents the subjunctive mood of other languages (including Latin).
     
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