Dylan Thomas is a Welch poet who deals with themes such as life, death and time. He is most known for his poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”, which is a villanelle directed at his dying father, asking him not to die peacefully, but to leave his impression on the world and to go out with a bang. Additionally, another poem by Thomas which deals with the concept of death, and the force of time is “The Force That through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower”. When comparing and analyzing these two poems by this poet, the reader can observe his particular use of metaphors, repetition and imagery to convey his inner feelings towards death and its cyclical nature. Throughout both poems, the writer makes use of these poetic devices in similar and contrasting ways to relay to the reader his inner battle with the concept of death.
Reading through the first paragraph, one might think that he died a violent death or that he fell into the river. However, he actually died a very peaceful death, and the diary reveals that this is exactly what he wanted. Another highlight of this reading was the connection that the author made between Jerry’s death and Aidan’s conception. While one soul left the world, another one was conceived and would soon become part of the family. This offered comfort that even in loss, there was something to look forward to.
He continues his argument that the dead never truly die with the memory of a story; he writes, “Retell the stories, show vistas of the night: dead friends wearing jeweled masks, gaudy fingernails painted gold and pink.” Simply, the vistas, or mental views of remembered events, are cyclically revisited through constructs like her timeless stories. The story of the dead celebrating in a masquerade with sun-colored fingernails conveys that through stories, the dead are reborn with the sunrise. Each day brings back the past as long as stories are kept as memories. McQuilkin tells readers that although one cannot physically revisit the past through anything beyond memory, the stories provide “another day for you to celebrate.” The use of the word “you,” rather than “Mother” or “my love,” serves as a universal reminder to all that stories, in general, allow one to revisit and embrace the past. Ultimately, his mother’s life in time has not stopped ticking because the vista of dawn, before she died, can be relived everyday.
“Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult, “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas, and “Thanatopsis” by Bryant proves people all reference death in different ways. All three of the poems refer to dying and physically nothing. While in two of the poems go on to talk about spiritually moving on, but all very in their perspective on death In “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult heavily implies dying and moving on but not in a negative or sad way. A Reaper figure is included and the poem speaks of not fearing him and accepting death. It also speaks about being together for eternity in some sort of life after death.
For some authors death in certain cases can reflect on either a loved one or someone they knew. When reading novels or short stories, death is used as a common theme that makes an appearance. Death is pretty common in stories, and normally writers will use death as an ending to make the story more emotional at the end. The short story The Lottery was pretty much made for the theme about death due to a character’s reward of winning the lottery. In this story the theme of death occurs at the end, because the reader does not know that the so called
Nature is often personified in this piece, for example, “She has a voice of gladness, and a smile and eloquence of beauty” (Bryant lines 4-5). Nature, something that can not be man made, is portrayed as alluring and joyful. Bryant connects the aforementioned with death by realizing that death is apart of life, when “Earth, that nourished thee, shall claim thy growth, to be resolv’d to earth again” (lines 22-23). This means the earth provided for a person during their life and returns them to the earth during their death. Bryant answers the question “what if thou shalt fall unnoticed by the living-- and no friend take note of thy departure?” (lines 58-60).
In Walt Whitman’s poem “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” there are three key symbols a lilac, a star, and a bird, these symbols express transcendentalism and are an allusion to president Lincoln’s life and death. The poem “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” uses symbolism to mourn and enlighten the country of Lincoln’s death. The “western fallen star” Whitman 1 as a symbol of president Lincoln’s death. Whitman opens his poem by expressing sadness and mourning in the first two stanzas of the poem for this “western fallen star” Whitman 1. The lilacs are a symbolize perseverance because lilacs die and resurrect in the springtime.
In “The Murder Traveller” poet William Cullen Bryant employs a variety of literary devices such as juxtaposition, imagery, and tone to create an eerie atmosphere, with the continual thought being that life goes on with or without you. The poet begins by using imagery to create a cynical tone that makes the reader feel unimportant. By using strong imagery of how beautiful nature is even after a person has died, shows the death of the traveler didn 't affect anything around it. The nature continues to grow, people 's lives continue, and the world goes on. The contrast between the imagery of the beauty of nature with the bluntness of a dead traveler, creates this sense of unimportance, “And many a vernal blossom sprung, And nodded careless
In this poem, Dickinson uses powerful diction to describe the journey from life to death. She personifies death as a man carrying her to the other side. Along the journey, the narrator sees the locations of significant moments that occurred in her life. A famous line in the poem is “Because I could not stop for Death / He kindly stopped for me” (Dickinson 1-2). Dickinson’s word choice suggests a somber tone.
Allen Curnow’s ‘Time’ and Emily Dickinson’s ‘Because I Could Not Stop For Death’ show the similar themes of the passing of time and its implications. The two poems both discuss events that occur throughout an average life (childhood, work, marriage and death are some examples), however, there is a stark contrast between the finality of ‘Because I Could Not Stop For Death’ and the mundaneness of ‘Time’. The poem ‘Time’ is a tribute to the passing of time and how much humans have grown to obsess over it. The poem is an extended metaphor, using the repetition of “I am” to instigate that the voice is Time itself. There is a capitalisation of ‘Time’ because in this context, the use of this effect suggests personification.