Houseman writes in the traditional AABB rhyme scheme and Tennyson writes in the ABAB rhyme scheme. Both poems have a similar view of death; they also have similar uses of symbols, but differ in rhyme schemes. Both poems have a propitious view of the theme of death. In “To An Athlete Dying Young” Houseman praises the young athlete for dying relatively young. He says “smart lad…not stay (9-10).” Houseman tells the athlete that he was smart to die at a young age because he can no longer witness his glory fade away as he gets older.
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.
In the end, death claims all people and does not discriminate by age or race. Death can claim all in the peak or the most bottom of one’s life. Death can shatter people’s dreams. Death ultimately can be tragic. It affects all those who will step foot on this earth.
Frost writes of a young, innocent boy whose life ends suddenly and unexpectedly. His poem is dry and lacks emotion from anyone except the young boy. Whereas the demise of Shakespeare’s character, Macbeth, an evil man, has been anticipated throughout the entire play. Through these writings, we are able gather a little more insight as to how these poets perhaps felt about dying and life itself. Frost drains every bit of feeling he possibly can out of his poem.
Senator Sanchez who is facing death shows us that he wants to keep his life normal in some aspects while counting the days he has left. According to the article Understand the Meaning of Social Well-Being at the End of Life most people faced with death have the “need to be surrounded by family and participate with social activities … [giving] them a reason to live-a purpose to stay involved and live while they were dying” (367 Prince-Paul), Senator Sanchez continues on his campaign trail in order to stay involved in his life. He would not allow others to know about his death “he had decided to endure his secret all alone, with no change in his life,... ... middle of paper ... ...riage, death” (92) Senator Sanchez tries to defeat death almost by falling in love twice, yet based on his own marriage he is unable to marry again. In the end Senator Sanchez dies “weeping with rage at dying without her” again this goes with Vodolagin’s article in that death is tolerable, it is dying that is hard. Senator Sanchez figures this out when his own happy life is halted when confronted with the news he is dying.
It was a very little space of time between his father’s death and his mother’s re-marriage, this time to Claudius who was next in line to be King anyway – and now became so. This was another factor which upset Hamlet, as he would have potentially became king eventually whereas now this may not be the case. Personally, I believe that Hamlet set out to act insane – but, as a result of constant recurring betrayal – actually did turn genuinely insane. Throughout the play, with the exception of one character, there is not one soul who sticks with him; they all betray him in one way or another, with the exception of Horatio. At the beginning of the play, Hamlet first expresses his grief for his father’s death when his mother and Clau... ... middle of paper ... ...was suicide, murder or accidental, and in my eyes Shakespeare did this on purpose to make the audience make their own mind up with regards as to whether or not she was truly mad.
Dylan Thomas, a famous contemporary author, believes existence is taken advantage of and when one’s existence is threatened, most people are too quick to give up. In Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” the speaker of the poem confronts his deceased father about releasing one of the most valuable things in nature: life (Pattern #3). The villanelle begins with “Do not go gentle into that good night” which repeated throughout the poem to emphasize the theme and purpose of the poem, to inform the reader that one should not let life slip through one’s fingers (Thomas 1). After, the speaker says “Old age should burn and rave at close of day;” which means those who are nearing the end of life should not easily accept their demise and should oppose against nature for more time to live (Harrison) (Thomas 2). In this line, “close of day” is a metaphor for death and is telling the reader that the elders should go against death and be vigorous (Keeling).
Shakespeare is writing about the ashes of his own creative "burnout"&emdash;his knowledge that one day he will write no more poems. One day the sweet birds will no longer sing, the creative sun will set and rest. Yet the last two lines remind us that love will survive even that catastropohe. When he tells his friend that he is "strong/ To love that well, which thou must leave ere long" (13, 14), the antecedent for "that" isn't just Shakespeare himself. Shakespeare is also praising his friend for a love so strong that it will outlive even the one death which strikes Shakespeare himself most to his heart&emdash;the "death" of the poetic sequence which has lifted their friendship to the level of immortalized poetic figures.
“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light” (1-3). In these lines “night” and “light” rhyme. This rhyme scheme gives the poem a sense of order which helps to establish a feeling of anger towards death for the reader. These two different rhyme schemes help to establish how the reader feels as they are reading the poem. Each of these poems are different their themes, tones, and rhyme schemes, but they both show how the author perceives death.
Death is the gift that nobody wants, but unfortunately is forced upon everyone from the moment we take that first breath of life, the inerrable ending to everyone’s story. History is filled with folk tales of people looking for the “cure,” the secret that will free all men from this curse. Tales of a fountain at the far ends of the world that reverses the effects of time to whom ever drink’s from it; stories passed down from generation to generation of people living so long that they become ossified. Sadly, those are all just stories told to help people keep on living the insignificant lives, nobody is excepted from what waits for them in the end. We come to this world alone and that’s how we leave it, most people can only hope that while we were here our life affected somebody and we won’t be forgotten so easily.