The parting

The parting
Michael Drayton’s poem "The parting" was first published in 1619. This is a poem is one of his most personal poems. This was Drayton’s way of saying goodbye.

Michael Drayton’s poem The parting was first published in 1619. This is a poem is one of his most personal poems. This was Drayton’s way of saying goodbye.

About the poem

In 1619 the collection entitled lxi was first published. This collection of poems contained this poem. It is a sonnet, a very personal one. The poet took the time, to write about a breakup. It all starts with a final kiss goodbye. Many of us can relate to this moment. The moment, when you realize that this is the moment when the relationship is finally over. To some extend, this is a sort of relief for some. But, for many of us, this is a painful and emotional period.

The poet is relieved by the fact, it is all over. Freedom is in reach. And maybe, one day the two of them – the ex-lovers – will meet and how will that be?

This poem shows what the impact of the ending of a relationship can be. A classic poem, but timeless.

The parting

The parting

SINCE there ‘s no help, come let us kiss and part–
Nay, I have done, you get no more of me;
And I am glad, yea, glad with all my heart,
That thus so cleanly I myself can free.
Shake hands for ever, cancel all our vows,
And when we meet at any time again,
Be it not seen in either of our brows
That we one jot of former love retain.
Now at the last gasp of Love’s latest breath,
When, his pulse failing, Passion speechless lies,
When Faith is kneeling by his bed of death,
And Innocence is closing up his eyes,
–Now if thou wouldst, when all have given him over,
From death to life thou might’st him yet recover.

Michael Drayton

Your inspiration

Have you ever been through such a painful period in your life? And were you able to write about these events? You can submit your work to us. Your inspiration might be different from the one that Drayton used to write this poem. That is fine. Submit your work using this link.


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The parting
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The parting
A poem about a breakup. This is Michael Drayton at his finest.
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