Edgar Allan Poe was a gothic literary writer who lived in the early 1800’s. Edgar was praised for writing unique and original stories and poems on disturbing topics like suffering and death. Examples of these stories and poems include “Eleonora” and “The Raven” which are both about a man lamenting over the loss of his wife. These two tales are very similar but show a rare insight into the mind of Poe and how much his life affected his melancholy writing. One key concept of both of the stories are the similarities of the characters.
Death. It is inevitable for all of us. In the story “The Dead” by James Joyce, the protagonist Gabriel is portrayed as deadly through diction and symbolism. The author uses a certain type of diction that contributes to express death. In the story, James Joyce uses an unique word choice including “soul,” “death,” and “black.” Not only is there certain words and phrases included in the story that depict death, the title does as well.
On the other hand, Plath’s poem romanticizes death, while discussing the phenomenal feeling of sleeping or lying down. Therefore, both passages, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain and, “I am Vertical,” by Sylvia Plath, demonstrate the subject of death and its significance to the main characters through the use of first-person perspective, descriptive imagery, and emotional diction. First, the first-person perspective was used by both Plath and Twain to highlight how their main characters felt about death, and their reactions when faced with the topic. For instance, Twain used asyndeton and polysyndeton in first-person perspective in order to describe the emotions of Huck, and connect him with the reader. According to the excerpt, “I wished I hadn’t ever come ashore that night to such things, I ain’t ever going to get shut of them -- lots of times I dream of them” (Twain, paragraph 1).
Emily Dickinson became very well known for her fascination with death. Many of her poems focus on loss or loneliness, but the most compelling ones talk particularly about dying, specifically her own death and her own afterlife. Her captivation with suffering gives her poems a rare aspect, giving insight into a mind and a topic we know very little about. “Because I could not stop for Death” closely demonstrates Emily’s fascination with her religious doubts and life continuing after death. In this poem, the speaker is looking back on the moment of death, whereas in “I heard a fly buzz when I died,” the speaker is looking at the moments leading up to death, and in “I felt a funeral in my brain,” the speaker is describing death itself.
Death of a Beautiful Woman Edgar Allan Poe uses the death of women as a main topic in many of his stories, including “Annabel Lee” and “The Fall Of The House Of Usher.” Poe’s writing about death is most likely a correlation to the fact that he comes from a childhood where most of the women in his life--his mom, foster mom, first love, and wife--die of tuberculous. In “Annabel Lee” and “The Fall Of The House Of Usher” Poe uses the recurring motif of women dying to reflect his grief. Poe uses his poems and short stories to relieve his heartbreak from the women in his life who pass away, in particular his wife Virginia. Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee” is published two years after Virginia 's death. “Annabel Lee” is a poem about a beautiful young girl
The poets Heaney and Dickinson both present an image of death through the use of a first-person perspective in the poems “Mid-Term Break”, and “Because I Could Not Stop For Death”. Although both use a narrative style, they create a contrasting impression of death, with one portraying cruelty and suddenness, while the other is calming, polite and an inevitable part of life. In “Mid-Term Break”, a range of techniques such as strong symbolic images, the feeling of isolation, and a detached manner is used to convey death and grief, evoking sympathy from the reader. Contrastingly, death is presented as gentlemanly through the use of various techniques, including a retrospective and narrative style. Through the use of contrasts between expectations and reality, “Mid-Term Break” portrays death as cruel and sudden.
Poe’s Grim and Dreary Style Many writers express how they feel by the way they write, and how they see the world around them. Edgar Allan Poe is no exception to the rule. During the early years of Edgar Allan Poe, his father abandoned him, his mother, and two siblings. He later saw his own mother cough up blood and die, due to tuberculosis, a very slow death to encounter for a young age child. He was later adopted in 1811 by a couple who did not even want him.
Edgar Allan Poe 's “The Raven” and Roald Dahl 's “Lamb to the Slaughter” are two pieces of text with a considerable amount of similarities and many clear differences. Through the reading of both text, the reader can clearly spot the differences within the use of diction and the overall point of view through the plot. Diction is a big part of the authors understanding, and the events that take place give some slight connections towards each others piece. In both Poe’s “The Raven” and Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter”, the overall ability to comprehend the way we as individuals deal with the death of a loved one are as mixed as the sociopathic Mary Maloney and the grieving Poe as they obtain and suffer through different experiences which is mixed through the authors use of diction and the overall plot of each story. Within these two pieces there lies a considerable amount of detail to be able to understand and connect the slight similarities within the realization of the characters situations.
Anthology B Poetry Coursework analytical essay of the poems ‘Refugee Blues’ and ‘Disabled’ Name: Ga Yoon Lee Teacher: Mrs Henderson Word count: The poems ‘Refugee Blues’ by W.H Auden and ‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen both explore the theme of alienation to portray the brutal persecution of the victims of war. W.H Auden conveys the emotions of guilt from the perspective of a refugee, while Wilfred Owen expresses the isolation of a disabled soldier after the war. The theme of loneliness is successfully portrayed in both poems through the structure, literary techniques and emotive language including a powerful choice of diction. Both poems share the same subject of alienation aggravated by the brutality of the war. ‘Refugee blues’ is a narrative poem which creates a feeling of a refugee telling a story to the readers.
ENG10130 – Essay 2 – Title 5 The themes of death and loss are explored throughout Seamus Heaney’s collection “Human Chain” and Kevin Barry’s “Dark Lies the Island” in different ways and to varying degrees. In Heaney’s collection, many of the poems are inspired by the pain of losing someone close, whereas the stories in Barry’s collection deal more with loss caused by rejection or the breakdown of relationships, ranging from familial to romantic. In Heaney’s work, the effects of death and loss are most prominent in poems dedicated to someone’s memory, a clear example being “The door was open and the house was dark”. Raw pain can be seen in poems like this, as Heaney battles with feelings of grief but also the desire to overcome this grief and