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what in the world does "Desire is death" mean? It is used in Sonnet 147, but I don't understand it.



  • Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power - a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment.
  • When all desires that cling to the heart are surrendered, then a mortal becomes immortal.
  • When one tastes that fruit that bathes their tongue in decadence, ones own wants oft causeth them to partake again, and deeper, each time, to wash themselves anew in that single most sumptuous thing.
  • Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.