Famous Quotations

What does Flesh perishes you live on mean?

Answer

Wiki User
05/31/2009

This line is from the Thomas Hardy poem "Heredity" published in 1917 in Moments of Vision. When looked at in the context of the poem, the meaning becomes more clear.

I am the family face;

Flesh perishes, I live on,

Projecting trait and trace

Through time to times anon,

And leaping from place to place

Over oblivion. The years-heired feature that can

In curve and voice and eye

Despise the human span

Of durance--that is I;

The eternal thing in man,

That heeds no call to die. Hardy is speaking directly of the continuity of family appearance, a sort of immortality.