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In Donne’s sonnet, what does the phrase “one short sleep past” mean?

A. Death, like a nap, isn't permanent.

B. Death is unavoidable.

C. Death is more permanent than sleep.

D. Death comes sooner than expected.

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Answer: A. Death, like a nap, isn’t permanent.

The phrase “one short sleep past” simply defined death as a nap and not a permanent experience. As a matter of fact, the lines just after the phrase is “we wake eternally.” The author described death as temporary and not eternal. Only life was eternal. With this, a person who dies wakes up again in the afterlife to keep on living life forever.

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