In conclusion I personally find Kipling's poem more effective. I find this because although Tennyson tries to make people feel a sense of national pride, the battle took place because of an error, and they the English people were massacred. They were brave because they knew they were committing suicide, but they went anyway. This makes them very brave, and quite foolish, but not heroes. On the other hand, Kipling is angry, and disgusted with the English people's fake loyalty because they only needed the soldier when they were fighting, now the battle is over they are just get in the way.
The author Mark Twain approached the suddenness of death in his story “A Private History of a Campaign that Failed”. Ambrose Bierce also captured the sharp essence of death in his tale of Peyton Farquhar in “An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge”. Ambrose Bierce displays the theme of “the suddenness of death” with such a clarity even though it does not truly appear until the very last sentence of his short story. His distortion of reality is not realized until readers have fought alongside and cheered for the main protagonist Farquhar. In the first section it is learned that a man is scheduled to be executed, fleeting moments of longing for his wife and children flash through his mind.
Poe used the tragic premature endings of his family members as inspiration to write his trademark literature, lengthy eloquent works revolving around fatality. It is atypical for one of his stories to not mention death in one way or another. In each of his stories, Poe talks about death in a different way. In two of his most famous works, “The Tell-Tale Heat” and “The Pit and Pendulum”, both of the main characters act differently towards death. By adding variety to his characters’ reactions, Poe shows the reader that while death is universal, the way each person deals with it is unique.
He has seen corpses and walked with dying men. He was trying to help one of his injured friends when his friend died convulsively. Earlier in his experiences, especially when he first encountered fighting, he was immensely afraid of death, so afraid that he ran away from battle. During the passage, and later in the novel, he knows that he could die at any time but he is unapprehensive. When death does strike a loved one, I feel that it is unfair.
The killing of Polonious as previously mentioned was due to the fact that death was always on Hamlet's mind. If Hamlet had been content with the environment he was in, he would not have taken such rash action and plunged his knife into the curtain. The idea of death that has clouded Hamlet's mind since the beginning of the play finally shows consequences. These consequences lead to Hamlet's death in the final scene of the play. The appearance of Hamlet is that of a perfect prince who has everything, but the staggering reality is that even he has a tragic flaw, which eventually leads him to his own death.
Hamlet, the protagonist in the play, was told by his murdered father’s ghost to avenge his death, but because he was reluctant to follow the code, the play ends in tragedy. Closer analysis of Hamlet’s principle speeches offers a window to his evolving view of life and death. Hamlet repeatedly states his desire for suicide, but also questions the repercussions of taking one’s life. In the first soliloquy, the audience is introduced as to how Hamlet truthfully feels about his father’s death and Gertrude’s hasty remarriage to Claudius. He first says, “O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into dew!
(155-159) Here Whitman seems to be celebrating death. This could also come from his time spent as a wound-dresser. The time Walt Whitman spent as a wound-dresser has greatly affected him, his views of death, and his poetry. Because of his experiences with the soldiers, Whitman learned to value death. He thinks as death as a blessing, almost a relief from the harsh world.
I think Owen has done this so that he can lead up to the last line where he is urging people back at home to cease telling their children the "old lie" and to me this is effective. Stanza three is writing about the tragedy of war; it says "Obscene as cancer", and I think this is a useful simile because it is something that people back at home, reading the poetry, could relate to. Another theme of this poem is death; there are many occasions in which Owen talks about death. I have chosen "guttering, choking, drowning" as an example because it portrays an image of a horrific and painful way of dying. Another example of death is “white eyes writhing in his face, his hanging face” this is effective to me because the use of repetition emphasises the state in which the soldier is in, and draws a vivid images in the readers mind.
In this villanelle form poem, through the use of the metaphor language and images, especially the parallelism, writer gives examples of wise men, good men, wild men, and grave men to his father who was dying at the time this poem was written and also tires to convince his father to fight against the coming death. Thomas thinks a man who is dying in an old age should not die quietly, but fight with death until the last second. He begins the poem with second-person point of view and constantly reminds readers not to go gently into death and darkness, but rather to fight with them. To express the death and darkness, In the first stanza, Thomas uses a metaphor in which day represents life, night represents the afterlife and close of day represents the moment of death,” Do not go gentle into that good night,…, at close of day”(line 1-3). The first line of the poem is also a refrain.
Death is a universal and unforgiving entity that exists in the natural world. Many individuals fear or accept the concept of death. There are those who found ways to cheat the cruel mistress and must consider themselves lucky. Stories throughout the years have personified death or used it as a symbol of an end or beginning. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner, “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, and “A Conversation with My Father” by Grace Paley show how death is consistently represented or manipulated in literature.