Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant The poem, "Thanatopsis," written by William Cullen Bryant, is a wonderful literary work which explores the often controversial questions of death. William Cullen Bryant wrote Thanatopsis when he was seventeen years of age. Thanatopsis was written in blank verse. Within his well written lines Bryant attempts to show the relationship between death's eternal questions and the ongoing cycle of nature and life. Upon concluding the poem many readers are able to reaffirm their faith of an afterlife, while others are left aimlessly pondering this strange possibility.He uses strong words to describe the feelings and visions one sees when they are in their last hours and even after they have passed away.
Walt Whitman wrote many great poems, yet while I read through a list of poems to analyze, one of his most popular poems caught my eye. “O Captain! My Captain!” has so many hidden meanings, as well as sentence structure and imagery. This twenty-four line piece of literary art has made its mark on history by describing the feeling of losing a friend, as well as a leader. This work is a great poem to expose readers to exploring the depths of the words written to interpret the hidden messages among them.
Everything around him and the captain was peaceful and safe, but the person he looks up to is dead in deed. This poem is ended with “ But I with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lied, Fallen cold and dead.” This seems to him overcoming the captain’s death and trying to move on. It makes the mood more deeply sad. This poem is all for Abraham Lincoln. Whitman wrote it to honor Lincoln and it became the most popular poem of him.
One year later, the Confederate forces surrendered, and the Civil War was over. Now, a broken nation looked to their leader to piece it back together. Lincoln created a rebuilding plan called Reconstruction, but before he could initiate it, he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. The gun shot did not kill him instantly: instead he passed away
People say Jackson met his "right hand man," General Robert E. Lee, when they teamed up to defeat of General George McClellan in the Seven Days' Battle at Richmond. In August 1862, Jackson defeated once again in the army of General John Pope, ensuring a Confederate victory at the Second Battle of Bull Run. Jackson then crossed to the Potomac into Maryland with General Lee, who ordered him to capture Harpers Ferry. So, he did, and did a good job. His task was completed in September 1862.
he Lincoln Assassination On April, 14 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a performance of An American Cousin at Ford’s Theater. President Lincoln died the next morning. The person who had killed Lincoln was John Wilkes Booth. A few days before he was killed, Lincoln had told his spouse about a dream he had, he saw a president shrouded on a catafalque in the east room of the White House. Even after this dream he attended An American Cousin at Ford’s Theater.
The author also uses numerous literal undertones throughout the poem to produce a melancholy attitude in the reader. He speaks of "wise men (2.1)", "good men (3.1)", "wild men (4.1)" and "grave men (5.1)" all coming to their death without any hope of life continuing thus encouraging the guarantee that everyone will come to their end. The literary element of tone is also present in this poem. Thomas sets the tone by conveying his anger about death by using grim words coming together to create a poem only nineteen lines long. Thomas also repeats "Rage, rage against the dying of the light (1.3)" and "Do not go gentle into that good night (1.1)" several times, communicating a dreadful tone to the reader.
Walt Whitman's Use of the Theme of Death in His Poetry Walt Whitman uses the theme of death in his poetry. Whitman's use of death is unlike any other poets. He draws upon his own experiences with death and this makes his poetry real. Whitman spent time as a wound-dresser during the Civil War. During this time, Whitman learned and saw so much.
Emily Dickinson’s body of work contains different experiences of death that contain moving reactions to the body’s trek into darkness and madness. Her poems’ magnitude comes from the complicated and deliberate use of literary techniques to breathe life into death, and the uncertainty of meaning that permits different viewpoints of these experiences. Although the views presented by Dickinson can be conflicting at times, they all underline her views that death comes in many forms and in just as many experiences. "I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died" gives the reader a view of what death is when there is no afterlife as it spotlights on the decay that happens after the death of the writer, a course that leads to darkness and emptiness. The tone of the poem could, depending on one’s station in life, be about fear or peace.
The first stanza serves as an introduction of the poem. Here, Yeats talks in first person about the daily life in the city, like if nothing had happened. However, this routine and calm tone changes dramatically in the last verse “A terrible beauty is born” (16), which is repeated at the end of the second and the fourth stanza. Furthermore, with this “terrible beauty”, the author wants to express the rebellion’s duality: on the one hand, the terrible number of deaths that it has caused; and on the other hand, the beauty of allowing the creation of a free Ireland. The second stanza of the poem is a tribute to the participants of the revolution who died during the Easter Rising.