?When I have fears that I may cease to be,? Poem for My Father?s Ghost,? and ?The Story of an Hour? will be interesting because these brilliant writers describe death in unique ways. Poe, Dickinson, Keats, Oliver, and Chopin are all from different eras and have unique styles of writing to express death.
Dickinson 's poem uses poetic devices of personification to represent death, she represents death as if it were a living being. Dickinson 's capitalization of the word “DEATH”, causes us to see death as a name, in turn it becomes noun, a person, and a being, rather than what it truly is, which is the culminating even of human life. The most notable use of this, is seen in the very first few lines of the poem when Dickinson says “Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me”. In her poem Dickinson makes death her companion, as it is the person who is accompanying her to her grave. She states that death kindly stopped for her and she even goes as far as to give death the human ability to stop and pick her up.
In the beginning of Act One, Hamlet wishes he too could die because he is too distraught to live in the wake of his father’s death. Essentially his somber attitude and mentality toward life creates the overarching theme of death and tragedy which permeates through the entirety of the play. He states, “Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, or that the Everlasting had not fixed his canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God, God! How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable, seem to me all the uses of this world (I. ii).
This negative and dark imagery continues to grow because tomorrow is unrelenting. “[T]ommorow creeps...To the last syllable of recorded time.” With these dreary remarks Macbeth presents his hopeless outlook. He feels the only way to end the pain of life is through death. “And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death.” What can be taken from this is that from our earliest recollection, we are constantly being guided forward from yesterday to our death. If light is life, then the light just leads us to death.
To begin with, both Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson spoke about not only a person dying, but the people who were left to live through that person’s death. Whitman aims his attention on the people who have to suffer through the death of a loved one and says that the one who dies no longer has to suffer. “Sickly white in the face, and dull in the head, very faint/ By the jamb of a door leans […]/ But the mother needs to be better; / She, with thin form, presently drest in black; / By day her meals untouch'd-then at night fitfully sleeping, often waking, / In the midnight waking, weeping, longing with one deep longing, / O that she might withdraw unnoticed-silent from life, escape and withdraw, / To follow, to seek, to be with her dear dead son” (Whitman “Come Up From the Fields Father” Lines 24-25, 32-37). At first the thought of the son being dead is kind of shocking to the mother, but as time passes and the fact that her son is dead starts to sink in, the mother becomes very unhealthy. She changes in every way in that she goes from a happy, normal mother and wife, to this depressed woman who only wears black and hopes to die soon so she can be wi... ... middle of paper ... ...at even though the body and the person is dead, the legacy behind a person can keep them alive.
Uttering the final goodbye is never an easy thing to do. In many cases we never have the chance to say goodbye. Deep in our subconscious, we know our final moments in this world will eventually come. The question that leaves everyone in fear is when our final moments in this world will be, and whether we are able to say goodbye to the ones we love. Literary writers compose great pieces of writing that revolve around death.
Within the poem, Dickinson creates a picture of a person dying, and another person living and just how that will affect time, nature, and the earth (Moorhead). Moorhead highlights Dickinson’s use of imagery in proving her point of time. “And time should gurgle on” proves that time doesn’t stop when a person dies, but that time will go on after one’s death. Examples are used in the poem to explain how life will be like on earth after death happens; “Tis sweet to know that stocks will stand / when we with daisies lie” ensures that once death does come for an individual, that eventually nature will die too. People have always believed that after a plant dies it will “always grow back,” and this is usually true.
These phrases express a theme of death. The second line “old age” is “my father” in the sixteenth line. Thomas said “my father” at the end of the last stanza... ... middle of paper ... ...'s description and the fact that there is no door, only a roof (the coffin's lid), suggests that just as there is no escape from death, there is no escape from the domestic deadening that marriage brings. Through this research paper, readers could know that poems are implicit in poets’ intention although poems are shorter than any other literature genres. Dylan Thomas and Emily Dickinson used words, which related a dark image in the process of expressing a theme of death.
The tone of the poem could, depending on one’s station in life, be about fear or peace. Dickinson makes use of the mood to display the decay of the body and the emptiness of death. The encompassing nothingness around the body depicts the end of mourning, the end of the season. The fly that comes upon the rotting and decaying body depicts the circle of life that occurs as flesh feeds the surrounding environment as it decomposes. 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.
Poe develops the theme of how no one can escape death through the use of the point of view, the setting, and symbolism. Poe develops his theme that no one can escape death through the narration or in general the narrator. We do not know nor do we learn who tells the story even at the end when all the people are stated to have died. There are many ways to look at this to see if we can get some hint to who is the narrator. Is the narrator a person that was there in the abbey which is hard to see because we read at the end that all of the people die but as David Dudley states in his article, “He reveals himself overtly only three time.