Keats describes his own reasons for fearing death in a way that causes the reader to reflect on death and its effects. He does so by using symbols, images, comparisons, and sounds to generate a thoughtful mood in his audience. The tone he uses throughout the poem also contributes to the effectiveness it has on its readers. Concentrating on fame, love, and death, Keats organizes the elements of poetry into a formal sonnet that expresses the reasons behind his fear of death and urges his audience to contemplate on that same fear.
(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.
Sleep and death are allied and one is the image of the oth... ... middle of paper ... ...death in itself dies. John Donne will not accept death as the finale, his religious conviction supports in the belief of eternal life proceeding death. Throughout the poem Donne’s main purpose was the personification of death, his use of figurative language gave death humanistic characteristics and made death vulnerable and unintimidating. The structure of three quatrains and a couplet for the poem allowed for easier understanding of the context because the layout and rhyme scheme helped the poem flow and also revealed the tones. The imagery of death described by Donne breaks down death’s pride and bravado, as well as shine an encouraging light past the process of dying, on to the hope of delivery to eternal life.
Dickinson uses different strategies to highlight the changeable character of death. In “I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died” death signifies sorrow, but in “Because I Could Not Stop For Death,” death is kind to the narrator. Dickinson indicates that death is unpredictable. Nesmith also writes that “while everything heretofore is like a well-rehearsed play—controlled, orchestrated, and scripted, proceeding according to ritual—the ill-timed fly ruins the finale. Yet death occurs anyways” (165).
In contrast to this, Dickinson consoles the reader by characterizing death as a tranquil journey in "Because I could not stop for Death." However, despite this difference, Dickinson seduces and catches the reader off guard by speaking of death in an unconventional way. Emily Dickinson masters describing a traumatic human event in the most mundane terms, with the help of literary devices such as imagery and language. With her use of imagery, Emily Dickinson is able to govern how the reader feels and reflects about death. In her poem, "Because I could not stop for Death," the word "could" signifies that death has occurred as a past experience.
‘Somewhere among the clouds above’ (2) is a metaphor for death in battle in the sky. This idyllic description is in contrast to what it is referencing, which is a brutal death in war. The speaker’s acceptance of death is expressed in the closing line of the poem. He concludes that a life in which he faces death is more thrilling than a li... ... middle of paper ... ... not to mourn him. The rhythmic beat provided by the caesuras adds on to the continuous uniform rhyme scheme that forms the poem into a unified whole.
'Afterwards' is also a title which could refer to the theme of death. Hardy wants to know what will happen 'afterwards' when he is dead. He wants to be remembered not for his fame but for his closeness to nature and for the person ... ... middle of paper ... ...ill' on the other hand shows how heaven will be - a place of comfort after a journey which "take the whole long day". 'Looking Back' is meant to convey that death is a time of evaluation of one's life. One should look back "along life's trodden way" and meditate on the mistakes and hardships of life.
Depending on how each individual reads “Annabel Lee”, there could be many different takes on the themes, however, love and death are the two most obvious two in this poem. In a sense, love and death are fused together in “Annabel Lee”. When reading and interpreting the poem, it seems that Poe asks if death can kill love or if love is still carrying on long after death. Poe seems to be obsessed over the death of his love and tries to seek out blame directed towards angels, which seems very
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.
Comparing death to dying of the “light”, a word usually linked to cheerfulness, makes it seem unwelcoming and unexciting. In contrast, bright imagery such as “burn and rave,” and “lightening” is used to symbolise living and rebelling against death, giving the poem a zestful mood. Furthermore, the poet illustrates his message using examples of different types of men who want to resist death, so as to persuade his fa... ... middle of paper ... ... with carefully crafted tone and atmosphere. Dickinson’s poem evokes a keen sense of mystique and bizarreness because of its unusual perspective on death and its beautiful yet contextually strange imagery. Thomas’ poem has a vehement quality with fervent, raw emotions and powerful imagery that make it very moving.