The Use of Death in Poetry Poems reveal many inside thoughts of the speaker that can be interpreted by the reader. Death is expressed quite often in poetic work because of the simplicity to be able to express feelings. Suicide, for an example, is a form of death that may be used in poetry and is usually portrayed in a negative fashion. Surprisingly, some poems that involve death have a positive outcome. There are views found in poetry relating to suicide as a form of death that are both positive and negative.
I will discuss the similarities by which these poems explore themes of death and violence through the language, structure and imagery used. In some of the poems I will explore the characters’ motivation for targeting their anger and need to kill towards individuals they know personally whereas others take out their frustration on innocent strangers. On the other hand, the remaining poems I will consider view death in a completely different way by exploring the raw emotions that come with losing a loved one.
Death seems to be a very controversial topic for everyone, something that can be viewed quite negatively but also celebrated. Because none of us has experienced death and been able to share the truth afterwards, the idea of investigating different ways that poets describe death appealed to me the most. I read through all of the poems and found the two that were on completely different pages when it came to how death should be viewed and dealt with.
The theme death has always played a crucial role in literature. Death surrounds us and our everyday life, something that we must adapt and accept. Whether it's on television or newspaper, you'll probably hear about the death of an individual or even a group. Most people have their own ideas and attitude towards it, but many consider this to be a tragic event due to many reasons. For those who suffered greatly from despair, living their life miserably and hopelessly, it could actually be a relief to them. Death affects not only you, but also those around you, while some people may stay unaffected depending on how they perceive it.
Two people die every second on average in the world. Death is a major theme in human lives; it appears in many different forms. People might see the death of a famous person in the news; a family member could die, getting a bad report card making parents want to “kill” you. It’s around even if it’s unnoticeable. Humans love to read about death and tragedies; many authors’ ideas for books now revolve around the theme of death. One such author by the name of Ernest Hemingway loves to use the theme of death. Death seems to pop up in a lot of his books and short stories. He was born in Illinois but spent much of his childhood hunting and fishing with his father alongside the banks of Lake Michigan. Memories of his childhood often reflect in his writing. Starting his career as a news reporter for the Toronto Daily Star, Hemingway launched his career into action. He became the author of many books and wrote quite a few short story collections. His books often contained the element of death. He wove death into his reader’s minds through his intricate stories. ...
“On My First Son”, by Ben Jonson, and “Mid-Term Break”, by Seamus Heaney, both touch the topic of death in their poems. The way they handle the topic, however, is quite different because of their point of views. Through their structures, rhyme schemes, and literary devices, we can see that Heaney views death as confusing and awkward, whereas Jonson sees death as devastating, leading to anguish and heartache.
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words,” Robert Frost once said. As is made fairly obvious by this quote, Frost was an adroit thinker. It seems like he spent much of his life thinking about the little things. He often pondered the meaning and symbolism of things he found in nature. Many readers find Robert Frost’s poems to be straightforward, yet his work contains deeper layers of complexity beneath the surface. His poems are not what they seem to be at first glance. These deeper layers of complexity can be clearly seen in his poems “The Road Not Taken”, “Fire and Ice”, and “Birches”.
In many of Frost’s poems he uses symbolism to portray his ideas and views on the world to his reader. “Frost drew his inspiration and symbols from the New England countryside and his diction and rhythms from colloquial New England speech. Although he used simple words and basic ideas, his poems are eloquent and at times profound” (Ulanov 428). The poems have such a deep meaning that one cannot get all of the information out of it by just reading them once. Think of Frost’s poems like the layers of a jaw breaker, they are all different colors and taste just a little different and the deeper one gets into the jaw breaker, the better it is, just like Frost’s poetry. Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” “Birches,” and “Mending Wall” all have very many literary elements to be analyzed by one.
Robert Lee Frost was a famous American poet who was always acknowledged for his vivid and unique writing style, which contributed tremendously into him becoming one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. Throughout his life, Frost has written many amazing poems but like the majority of poets at that time, many of his poems from his early writings went unnoticed. He was known for following a very well organized structure for his writing, a great example for this would be: “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, which are two of Frost’s greatest pieces as they bring to the table all of his writing characteristics, ranging from the dominant figurative language that makes the poem vivid, to his flexible idealistic
In the three poems above are based on one theme. The theme that these poems relate to death itself. The poem written by Grace Brown is a poem about suicide; Ms Plath’s also relate to death. In the poem “Two Views of a Cadaver Room” Plath is relating to when her father died. Many features such as imagery, rhyme and metaphors have been used in these poems to create a basic outline and structure of the poems.