A hurricane rushes up an American coastline, ravaging everything in its path! At the same time, an earthquake topples buildings in an Asian city! While this situation may be hypothetical, it is completely plausible. When Weldon Kees wrote his poem “The Coming of the Plague” he appeared to notice only the hurricanes, earthquakes, and disasters occurring around him, and found that the sunshine and rainbows found in daydreams arise few and far between. This poem harnesses the pain and sorrow ravaging the country, and the author, at that time.
The character Judson Mulvaney is scared of death. In the passage Judson thinks that he’s “moving somehow upward, rising into the air, helpless. ”(19) he goes on to saying “a chill came over me, I began to shiver. ”(23)
There is a saying in Chinese, 每个人都会经过生老病死, that in life, everyone will go through birth, aging, sickness and then finally, death. Death is unavoidable for everyone and every living creature. Even the non-living would have to “face death” and cease to exist one day. Just like what Steve Jobs had once said, “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.
Through his entire career famous poet, Dylan Thomas has been empowering his audience through his poems and use of his figurative language Thomas is able to reach audiences from all different angles and perspectives. In both poems, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”, and “Love In The Asylum”, Thomas is able to present his works in a way that makes the reader understand life, and how people need to take advantage of it. Whether it be from taking life by the horns and hanging on for the whole ride, or by knowing that you can find love anywhere, even in an asylum. Focusing on “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”, poet Dylan Thomas creates conflict and makes it so the audience is the one who has to make the decision. During “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”, the reader is caught in the middle of trying to figure out who they are as a person.
The two sonnets I will be comparing are Shakespeare's “Sonnet 65” and “I shall forget you presently, my dear” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Though these are both sonnets within the theme of love, they are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Both sonnets are in typical sonnet form, with three quatrains and an ending couplet, and a rhyme scheme of ababcdcdefefgg. The meter for both is iambic pentameter.
According to Leigh Hunt who wrote “An Essay on the Desirableness of the Cultivating Sonnet” in The Book of the Sonnet a sonnet has the ability to arouse different moods and emotions. She claims say that you can laugh and lament in a sonnet. She goes on to say that one can narrate or describe, can rebuke, admire and even pray in a sonnet. In the 14 line sonnet “Beloved, thou hast brought me many flowers” by Elizabeth Barret Browning the speaker opens up by introducing us to an image of a garden full of beautiful flowers.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “Void in Law” is a very powerful and emotional love sonnet, about a lady who had been deceived by the court and a man who she thought was her husband. Another powerful sonnet, is Robert Browning’s “Porphyria’s Lover” which is about a man who kills his lover to keep her from leaving him. This is a chilling and haunting sonnet which leaves the reader with an eerie feeling. These two poem’s have many similarities such as their main theme, and the fact that they are both dramatic monologues. While they share these common factors, they also oppose one another as one is in a male’s perspective and the other is in the perspective of a female, one ends with life while the other ends in death, and one uses dialogue and the other has a sparing amount.
In “The Last Words of my English Grandmother” written by William Carlos Williams, and “Little Father” written by Li-Young Lee, both poems explore the acceptance of death. Throughout both poems, the poets use various strategies that are similar, such as imagery, connotation, and tone. William Carlos Williams’ “The Last Words of My English Grandmother”, tells the story of an elder woman whose grandchild wants to bring her to the hospital because he or she believes it will be some type of help to resolve the grandmother’s illness. She resists going to the hospital because she knows she’s dying and accepts the fact that there’s nothing that can be done to help her.
In the poems “A Psalms of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” by Emily Dickinson, “Beat! Beat! Drums!” by Walt Whitman the themes, mood, structure and literary devices has similarities and differences. In Longfellow’s poem “A Psalms of Life” its theme focuses on how everyone should live a life for today.
The poem of “A Psalm of Life” is less depressing than “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls” from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow supports his claims by writing how a person needs to know how life works by not being happy nor sad. The author’s purpose is to point out that we're here for just a small amount of time and that we need to learn to survive to make the best out of it. The author writes in an influential tone for young adults and teens to recognize that there are still lots to learn up ahead in our journey.