Dickinson 's poem uses poetic devices of personification to represent death, she represents death as if it were a living being. Dickinson 's capitalization of the word “DEATH”, causes us to see death as a name, in turn it becomes noun, a person, and a being, rather than what it truly is, which is the culminating even of human life. The most notable use of this, is seen in the very first few lines of the poem when Dickinson says “Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me”. In her poem Dickinson makes death her companion, as it is the person who is accompanying her to her grave. She states that death kindly stopped for her and she even goes as far as to give death the human ability to stop and pick her up.
While death is widely considered negative and the end of the road, I understand this poem to be a journey into freedom, freedom from pain and the negativity of this mortal coil. And while the poem depicts the end of life, it also shows that one end leads to other beginnings. The circle of life continues to sustain even as we move on to that great darkness. The literary techniques in the poem helped to highlight the reality of death. The constant repetition of the fly reminds the reader of the decay occurring.
Each of these poems are different their themes, tones, and rhyme schemes, but they both show how the author perceives death. “Thanatopsis” shows death as something that should be embraced while “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” shows death as something that should be confronted. Death is a major fear that many people have, and these two poems both show ways that this fear can be conquered.
In the opening line of the poem he uses an apostrophe, “Death, be not proud..” to begin with a dramatic tone to argue with death as people’s adversary (Donne 1100). Death is given negative human traits, such as pride, but also inferiority and pretense. Donne’s second quatrain uses figurative language to elaborate on his concept of victory over death. He contrasts death to “rest and sleep” by saying that they are mirrors of death (Donne 1100). Sleep and death are allied and one is the image of the oth... ... middle of paper ... ...death in itself dies.
When looking at dissimilar observations of death it can be seen how private and special it is; it is also understood that death is inevitable so coping with it can be taken in different ways. Emily Dickinson’s poems “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” and “I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died” show both parallel and opposing views on death. In “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” the speaker is explaining the passage of her own death from beyond the grave in a more tender way. In the beginning, the narrator is too busy for death-- “Because I could not stop for Death/ He kindly stopped for me” (Belasco 1338). The character is not going to wait for her life to end; rather the speaker will live life and allow death come to her naturally.
In conclusion, Plath is successful in the poetry because she managed to express certain things such as death in the variety of ways. She views death as being something horrible, a condition at which people are de-humanized and lack all th emotions and feelings. At the same time Plath connects death to life and makes an assumption that it is impossible to understand life without knowing that death exists. Dickinson, on the contrary, depicts death as something humans are both afraid of and at the same time are waiting for all their lives. Death in the poetry of Dickinson is not so horrible as in the writing of Plath.
This use of imagery emphasizes the reflective nature of Keats, and I find it a very effective way to show how he is thinking. As the nightingale represents death, Keats embraces it and sees it as the only real painless way. “I have been half in love with easeful Death, Call’d... ... middle of paper ... ...other groan; Where palsy shakes a few, sad, last grey hairs, Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies;” Conversely, this shows life as a painful thing, from which Keats wants release. He has made his mind up as to what life is like for him and others. This contemplation shows where he is in his life and musings.
Essay 2 Draft: Death and Dying Death is feared by most and hard to except. Do you fear death? While the theme of John Donnie’s “Death Be Not Proud”, Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not GO Gentle into That Good Night”, Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” is death, one can gain many perspectives of death through the minds of these renown poets. Is death to be feared or embraced? Donnie’s “Death Be Not Proud” uses his sonnet to tell ways in which one can defeat the fear of death and anticipate the happiness of an eternal life.
Emily Dickinson stands out from her contemporaries by discussing one of man's inevitable fears in an unconventional way: death. In two of her poems, "I heard a Fly buzz-when I died" and "Because I could not stop for Death," Dickinson expresses death in an unforeseen way. Although Dickinson portrays death in both of these poems, the way that she conveys the experience is quite different in each poem. Dickinson reveals death as a grim experience, with no glimpse of happiness once one's life is over in "I heard a Fly buzz-when I died." In contrast to this, Dickinson consoles the reader by characterizing death as a tranquil journey in "Because I could not stop for Death."
He thinks as death as a blessing, almost a relief from the harsh world. He also talked about the living and how death affected them. This could very well come from his feelings of himself being left behind and watching people around him die. All in all Whitman uses his life experiences in his poetry, particularly regarding death.