Throughout the poem ‘ A Mother in a refugee camp’, written by Chinua Achebe, the poet talks about how war takes away one’s prized and loved possessions. This is seen in the first stanza when he talks about a mother and,” Her tenderness for a son/ She would soon have to forget. …” By including such a powerful statement right at the beginning, Achebe immediately brings about his message of war being oppressive and bitter into focus. In addition, the linking of “forget” with “soon” creat... ... middle of paper ... ...eat.” “Nightmare heat”, often related to pain and agony, is used to show the intensity of the suffering and to give a visual clue on how matters were. Her careful diction choice, one where she uses “children” instead of “men”, exemplifies the grotesque repercussions of war as most readers find hurting children more eerie as they are normally depicted as humble and innocent beings.
In the second line, Dickinson quotes the “Morning after death”. While this phrase can be taken literal, it can also be taken for its homophone, mourning. It perfectly explains the grief and suffering that one is experiencing after the loss of a loved one. Dickinson is writing not only of loss, but of a romantic loss. In the last lines of the poem, Dickinson considers “Sweeping up the Heart, and Putting Love away” because it is common for one to not want to love again after losing someone that was once so close to them.
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During the early seventeenth century, poets were able to mourn the loss of a child publicly by writing elegies, or poems to lament the deceased. Katherine Philips and Ben Jonson were two poets who wrote the popular poems “On the Death of My Dearest Child, Hector Philips”, “On My First Son”, and “On My First Daughter” respectively. Although Philips and Jonson’s elegies contain obvious similarities, the differences between “On the Death of My Dearest Child” and “On My First Son” specifically are pronounced. The emotions displayed in the elegies are very distinct when considering the sex of the poet. The grief shown by a mother and father is a major theme when comparing the approach of mourning in the two elegies.