Denotations are used in the words like death, and coffin, to express her sorrow. When Dickinson’s mother’s health began to suffer, she began to spend more and more time at her family’s house, which gave her more time to write poetry. Therefore, most of her poems were dark, and depressing. For example, the poem “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” reflects on death in a causal tone, she is looking back upon how life had been before and how death came and brought tension to her life. She used carriages as a metaphor of life, and that eternity is the
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, Immortality, and Religion in Emily Dickinson 's Poems Emily Dickinson 's poems reveals that death is her principal subject; in fact, because the topic is related to many of her other concerns, it is difficult to say how many of her poems concentrate on death. But over half of them,feature it. Most of these poems also touch on the subject of religion, although she did write about religion without mentioning death. During Dickinson¬ 's time, contained a high mortality rate for young people; and this factor contributed to her preoccupation with death, as well as her withdrawal from the world, her anguish over her lack of romantic love, and her doubts about fulfillment beyond the grave. Emily Dickinson 's interest in death was often criticized as being morbid, but in our time readers tend to be impressed by her sensitive and imaginative handling of this painful subject.
Furthermore, by using end rhyme, Bradstreet symbolically shows restraint. In the same way that a poet controls oneself by specifically using end rhyme, the poet is controlling her emotions when dealing with a sad experience and accepts her mortality. Similarly, in “Verses Upon the Burning of our House,” proof of Bradstreet’s faith is indisputable. After being initially distraught at her house burning down and losing all of her belongings, Bradstreet recounts how she reorients herself and blesses “His name that gave and took,
Sylvia Plath used this literary allusion to foreshadow that she was going to talk about death, and following by the inevitable revive. Although the speaker never mentions in the body of this poem, she is constantly mention the revive that Lazarus has experienced and the actions that this name related. Secondly, throughout Plath ‘s writing, the imagery, diction and allusions are all dark and agony, but the speaker’s attitude towards to death seems happy and positive. The speaker long for dead, but she is constantly rebirthed. Therefore, throughout reading the entire poem, her attitude is distress and agony.
Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” speaks of Plath’s failed suicide attempts and the concept of death. The poem itself is extremely personal and terribly dark. Through diction, figurative language and tone Plath is able to convey the idea in which she is a female version of Lazarus, hence the title of her poem, criticizing how society has treated her and her own self-portrait. Right off the bat, Plath masks the theme of death. In the first tercet Plath confesses that she has “done it again” and every ten years manages “it”, she never specifically addresses what this action is until later in the piece but instead sets the overall theme, which is death; both figurative and literal.
“Mourners,” “breaking,” “beating,” “numb,” and “Wrecked” all illustrate the psychological pain the speaker is in during her death. With a solid grasp of what misery feels like, it would seem Dickinson was no stranger to mental anguish. Anderson acknowledges a letter in which she detailed a “terror,” which many ascribe to her knowledge about despair (10). It is also speculated that Dickinson feared life’s end, so it is no surprise then that she would depict death as “obliterating pain” akin to the greatest suffering she knew (Wolosky 181; Anderson
She writes, “I keep on dying, because I love to live,” in her poem “The Lesson.” Lastly, Angelou commonly wrote about her internal struggles through life. She often used the form of questioning the reader in her work. For example, ¨Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you so upset with gloom?” (“Still I Rise”). Angelou used questions to make the reader feel and understand her point of view.
‘Refugee blues’ is a narrative poem which creates a feeling of a refugee telling a story to the readers. The narrative poem helps creates empathy and compassion as the readers are put in a position where they understand the state of withdrawal. Furthermore, in the poem, repetition is used at the end of each stanza with the phrase ‘my dear’. This structure gives emphasis on the feelings of self-pity, tiredness, and alienation. To add on, the repetition of ‘my dear’ creates sympathy as the victims were the families of the refugees.
The poems that we will discuss are all explored by the theme of death like "War Photographer" by Carol Ann Duffy, "a Mother In A Refugee Camp" by Chinua Achebe, "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas, "Piano" by D.H Lawrence, "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning and finally "Poem at Thirty Nine" by Alice Walker. These poems all portray the theme of death and loss and how the people that get affected adapt to the loss of their loved ones and their family. Firstly, I will discuss how these poems portray the theme of death within a family, a great example is "A Mother in a refugee camp", where the mother is affected by the death of her son and the suffering of her loved one "child could touch her tenderness for a son" this shows
Edgar Allan Poe, an eerie author, was always writing dark stories and poems, which was unusual for the time period he wrote in. During his writing career he wrote many stories that were closely related to his life, especially tragic love stories. When many of his girlfriends and family died, he went mad, drank a lot and eventually died. After reading Poe’s stories that include topics like people in love who pass, dying from tuberculosis and being caught between rationality and irrationality, it is evident that he drew from his own life as inspiration. Poe was constantly devastated by his significant other dying and this happens in lots of his stories and poems too.
Bradstreet, Wigglesworth and Taylor: Private Voices vs. Public Voices in Puritan Poetry Everyone comes from different ethnic backgrounds, religions, and life experience. These experiences often help a person develop his or her own thoughts and opinions. The way they choose to express these experiences will differ from person to person. Some will lash out in anger while others will show a humble attitude and accept what has been thrown their way. Anne Bradstreet, Michael Wigglesworth and Edward Taylor all used their voices in a humble way and to show thanks to their creator.
Likewise, she is also more of a caring and compassionate being. If Mary is interviewing someone for the newspaper and they have lost a loved one like her, she puts down the pen and paper and listens to their story. More than likely she can relate to their emotions. Additionally, Mary has written a book about grief: Refined By Fire: A Story of Grief and Grace, in the hope of helping someone out there like the how the books she read after David’s death helped her. After he died, Mary constantly read books about grief from authors like C.S Lewis, Joan Didion, and H. Norman Wright.
These feelings reflect a sorrow as deep as it morphs into a psychological madness, a feeling that the pain death brings has ruined one forever. After analyzing this poem I came to the conclusion that Poe 's poem “The Raven” demonstrates that the sorrow of the death of a loved one bring will stay with you forever. Poe communicated this theme through abstract language and connotation, tone and allusion. I would like to give examples of how Poe communicated this poem through the use of abstract language and connotation. An abstract phrase repeated throughout the poem is the word “Nevermore” combined with different phrases depending on the stanza.