Gluck’s underlying view of death is exposed through the themes of suffering, voice, and transformation. The theme of suffering is expressed throughout the entire poem. Although Gluck’s first line of the poem gives the reader hope that suffering will end, the speaker makes the point that suffering is inevitable. The speaker of the poem never defines suffering, but it can be concluded through the context of the poem that it is long term physical and emotional distress and agony. In line 8, Gluck says that “it is terrible to survive”. Suffering leads to despair and sometimes that burden...
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