“The Courage My Mother Had” by Edna St. Vincent Millay was a very touching poem for me to read. Edna was a poet during the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. The poem was about a girl’s mother who passed away and the writer explains what courage her mother had which then was passed on to her daughter. This poem had left an impact on me when I had finished reading it because of such loss. Though I cannot say I had lost my mother but I did lose my sister a few years ago.
She also, died of cancer, in 1992. (Audre Lorde - Poetry) Brooks and Lorde wrote from personal experiences and the society around them as they grew up. While both authors use the common theme of death, both approach the subject differently to accommodate with the protagonists. Although it’s clear that they both share the subject of death as a theme each uses their own personal writing style. According to Joe Sarnowski, Brooks
While the idea of death was frequent in her life, it soon became one of the foremost themes in Dickinson’s poetry. While Emily included the theme of death in her poetry, no two poems have exactly the same understanding of death, however. Death is sometimes soft, sometimes threatening, and sometimes simply inescapable. In “I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –,” Emily describes and explores the physical process of dying. In “Because I could not stop for Death –,“ she embodies death, and introduces the process of dying as the simple realization that there is eternal life, and a heaven after one’s journey of life has ended.
Despite being on her death bed Granny feels as if she just fell ill of a common cold and believes she would be better in a few days. Reliability is something that is not present in Granny 's narration of her last moments. Moreover, a first person account of events is faulty in itself as the audience can only read what a single person thinks is happening. Granny is a particular character as she is undoubtedly unaware of her own actions and averting of her own feelings. This can be read in the excerpt, "For sixty years she had prayed against remembering him and against losing her soul in the deep pit of hell, and now the two things were mingled in one and the thought of him was a smoky cloud from hell that moved and crept in her head when she had just got rid of Doctor Harry and was trying to rest a minute (Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and
“In the casket displayed on satin she lay with the undertaker's cosmetics painted on, a turned-up putty nose, dressed in a pink and white nightie. Doesn't she look pretty? everyone said (Piercy 19-23)”. Marge ends off the poem by showing us when the girl child was finally happy with who she was after she died. It is sad to know that people did not really realize how beautiful she was until she passed away, but that was only because she was “made up”.
Katherine Porter discusses, “So, my dear Lord, this is my death and I wasn’t even thinking about it. My children have come to see me die. But I can’t it’s not time” (Porter 71). Granny is not ready to be taken she does not want to leave her children behind. When it comes to death, no one will ever be ready because it is an awful feeling to know one will no longer be with loved ones.
A death of a family member, even one a person is not close to, is still a sad occasion and said family member should be given a proper burial. Addie’s actual burial is barely even touched on in the book. “So when we stopped there to borrow the shovels we heard the graphophone playing in the house, and so when we got done with the shovels pa says, “I reckon I better take them back.”” (258). The Bundren family fulfilled Addie’s wish to be buried in Jefferson, but at the same time betrayed her by quickly burying her and moving right along with their lives. Dewey Dell did end of having the child, but along the journey to said child being born she betrayed her
Another example happens when Marilyn learns about the protocol from Barton. “You're going to make me die and I didn't do anything to die for--I didn't do anything--”(4). Marilyn cries about how she hasn't done anything, but in reality she was the one who walked on the ship to see her brother who she would've seen in a year if she waited. Now she could never see him. She walked past the sign that said “UNAUTHORIZED PERSONNEL KEEP OUT,” absentmindedly not thinking about the true consequences of her actions.
Though Kate loved her husband dearly, she was restricted from a lot of the things she wanted to pursue. But after the death of her husband, Oscar, Kates life drastically changed for the better. With the absence of her beloved husband, Kate began publishing a series of short stories such as, “At Fault,” and “The awakening.” Kate Chopin soon became very active in her social life, and began writing a hundred or so short stories; most of which were never published. Likewise, Kate became
“Avery knew about nothing, because it was exactly what she had done for Eris. She hadn’t told anyone the truth about her friend’s death...The truth wouldn’t change things, she tried to rationalize to herself. It wouldn’t bring Eris back to life. But Avery knew those thoughts were cowardly and self-interested, and she despised herself for harboring them.” All of the characters were too concerned with the consequences to face the
She attempted to pray as her papa did, but is warned not to, because other home landers had been beaten over praying and keeping their faith. Aminata thought to her self “ I was not to pray. Not to expose myself to beatings” (PG151) which lead her to feel as if she had given up her religion and faith, family as well as her freedom. She has lost everything. Therefore leaving her with no hope.
Jessica didn’t walk in the room immediately, she stood from a distance watching her mom. She could see her mom was maybe in the middle of a prayer. Jessica knew this view wasn’t normal. “Why was mom crying?” Jessica wondered. “I know she’s still in pain, but the pain is only be temporary.” This was Jessica’s first clue that something wasn’t right.