Many great authors wrote poetry during times of grief, and Longfellow and Lowell were no exception to this trend. The poems “Resignation” and “After the Burial” are both centered around the death of a young daughter, but that is most likely the only similarity between them. One major difference between the two poems is the overall tone. “After the Burial” reads as one would expect a poem about death to; Lowell sounds absolutely crushed with grief. On the other hand, “Resignation” is by no means a happy poem; however, it is clear that Longfellow is able to move on from his daughter’s death.
Death of A Love One The title “Clean White Sheets” is an observation of death from the widows point of view. The title might not make sense to others, but after reading the poem people can get a sense of understanding it. By just looking at the title the reader would not suggest it was about death but maybe about a person feelings or a sentimental value that belonged to someone. Although the poem was very extensive the narrator was able draw the reader back to the title of raw emotion and why she named it clean white sheets. Everything regarding white was reminding the widow of death and how to cope with it and made the reader question how people deal with death differently.
Imagery is also used to back up the theme that everyone dies and no one can escape it. Imagery is shown in lines six and seven where Slavitt writes,”We all go down, mostly alone. But with crowds of people, friends, servants, well fed, with music, with lights! Ah!” (Meyer 822). These lines from the poem reinforces the theme by stating the fact that we all die at some point.
Incident in a Rose Garden Theme Even though most people don 't enjoy thinking about death it is inevitable. In "incident in a Rose Garden" by Donald Justice, the author portrays the theme "Death eventually comes for everyone" by using literary devices such as irony and personification. In this poem, Justice represents death in a unique way. To begin, Donald Justice uses literary devices such as the use of personification. "Sir, I knew your father/and we were friends at the end" (Justice 23-24).
What is most alarming is not just the unknown of death, but the reality of loss for the loved one who is left behind? Because of uncertainty, many people have tried to explain to the living what lies after death, yet the sad reality is that no one truly knows what’s beyond mortality. Phillis Wheatley try to explain her interpretation of death and her poem title, “a funeral poem on the death of C. E. An infant of 12 months”. Wheatley’s metaphoric description of Heaven transforms the literary meaning of the word from a place into an abstract concept of the mental faculties of her mind. Wheatley also reveals to The Reader through her poem that she is experiencing the five stages of grief.
By using characters from such different backgrounds, Hosseini enabled the reader to connect emotionally with one of both of these main characters. Death, violence, and the string of emotions can all be empathized with while reading this novel, especially towards the end in part three and part four, ““I 'm sorry," Laila says, marveling at how every Afghan story is marked by death and loss and unimaginable grief. And yet, she sees, people find a way to survive, to go on” (CITE). It seems as if the Afghans even knew that life was going to end badly, but had no control over it. We have all experienced some sort of hurt in our lifetime, whether it be physical or emotional, and it makes it that much easier to connect with Leila and Mariam.
The poem “The Lesson” written by Maya Angelou is about the trials of life and death. In the poem Maya demonstrates that life needs to be embraced, even at its worst moments. Maya….. The poem is about the hardships and the bitter sweet feelings of dealing with life and death. The poem begins with a hyperbole saying “I keep on dying again” meaning that she has already died, and has actually died more than once and that this will continue to happen.
Thousands of ballads and sonnets are in existence, but what connects many of them is a common theme. “Twa Corbies”, “Sonnet 74”, “Sylvester’s Dying Death”, and “Death, be not proud” all share the common theme of death. Throughout history, no one has escaped the inevitability of death; however as centuries pass, death is a reoccurring theme. In the four literary pieces, the theme of death being an enlightenment bringing upon revelations regarding self-reflection or relationships can be found. The literary piece, “Twa Corbies” discusses the theme of death being an enlightenment regarding the truths about the knight’s artificial relationship.
Jayden Knowles December 11, 2016 ENG 1102 Mrs. Carolipio Comparing the Imagery of Death in Dickinson’s Work Two pieces of profound literature from one woman. Emily Dickinson is widely known for her work in the poetry field. She told from her own experiences, but also from other experiences that were not her own. A few of her pieces relate, but two of them more than the others. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” and “I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died.” The two poems may relate, but they are also very different in comparison.
A Challenging Life Transition No matter how prepared an individual may be or expecting of a death, to lose a family member to death can be a traumatic experience. The grief process is a difficult process. However most understand that death is a natural and expected life event (McBride, and Simms, 2001). With that said it usually does not make the death of family member any easier to absorb emotionally. Although I have familiarly and awareness because of the deaths of my Father and Sister, it does not mean that I am comfortable with death, or have all the right words to say to comfort a person in the grieving process.