Image by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski

Poem introduction

In a lot of the poems the idea of death comes as a friend - I was thinking of that Roman emperor, one of the cruellest of them, who used to visit his poor prisoners in cramped dungeons in great pain. So they would beg him for death, but he would say, "Oh no, oh no, we are not yet friends enough." He meant they were not yet friends enough to give them death. The Frog Prince has a feeling of hope in death.

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