"Ariel's Song (Full Fathom Five)" by William Shakespeare

Fleischmann, T
June 2011
Ariel's Song ('Full Fathom Five');6/ 1/2011, p1
Poem Analysis
This essay provides an explication of the poem "Ariel's Song (Full Fathom Five)" by William Shakespeare. An excerpt from the play _I_The Tempest,_i_ this dramatic monologue is sung by the character Ariel, a sprite that lures a shipwrecked traveler with his song. He describes the traveler's father (also a part of the shipwreck) buried at the bottom of the sea. However, through lyric language and symbolism, Ariel suggests a second interpretation, that the father will "die" spiritually only to be reborn at the play's conclusion.


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