The two poems, “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe and the poem, “i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)” by E E Cummings, have similarities because they both have the same theme of love. In the poem, “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe, the author writes the poem in a very overwhelming and emotional way. In this poem, the author talks about losing someone that they love and having the person taken away from them. Even though the poem is very gruesome and mentions death, it still is very powerful due to the theme of love. In a passionate and determined tone, the author states, “But our love was stronger… Nor the demons down under the sea, can ever dissever my soul from the soul, of the beautiful Annabel Lee” (Poe 27, 31-33).
O Captain! My Captain and Elegy for JFK, poems that reflect feelings of dealing with death, in their case the death of a president. President Lincoln and John F. Kennedy respectively. The stronger of the two poems is the Elegy for JFK. Though Whitman 's poem is well written and full of emotion, Auden expresses the theme of loss so much better than that of Whitman’s work; It’s easy to comprehend, has a better understanding of the importance of remembrance, and Auden’s execution is superior.
Dylan Thomas’s famous elegy “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” is perhaps the greatest example of villanelle in modern poetry, using death as its focus. Death is a unifier in the sense that no man, big or small can resist their eventual end. However, the author recognizes the solemnness of the concept and connects it to the audience’s fear of losing a loved one. By doing so, the poem taps into the raw emotion of the will to live. This paper will describe how Thomas uses a series of brilliant poetic strategies such as diction, structure and rhythm to suggest that all men, while different in character, should passionately resist the inevitability of death.
Although there are many differences between these two gifted authors, similarities can be discovered as well.The background of Walt Whitman is enormously different from that of Emily Dickinson. Because Walt Whitman was such an under privileged kid and rose from his struggle in avery romantic life style, we see this slight bit of romanticism in his writing, like when he says, “ But O heart! heart! heart!/O the bleeding drops of red,/Where on the deck my Captain lies,/Fallen cold and dead” (Whitman). This writing expresses such a dramatic and romantic view.
In ‘On My Songs’ by Wilfred Owen, his ideas about poetry and its importance are voiced throughout the duration of the poem. He does this by using various techniques like metaphors, diction, and personification amongst others. One of the main ideas we can gather from this poem is that he believes that poetry is a form of release. It begins with: ‘Though unseen Poets, many and many a time/ Have answered me as if they knew my woe/…fashioned so their rime…easing the flow/ Of my dumb tears’. In this quote, Owen seems to be paying homage to all the romantic poets (like Keats and Shelly) whose poetry has been able to soothe him and has even often resounded deeply with his situation or with the problems he was going through.
Themes of death and mortality appear frequently in poetry. Thinking about one’s own mortality, or the mortality of a loved one can be uncomfortable. Poets often discuss these distressing ideas in their writings. Two influential English poets, William Shakespeare and John Donne, included these themes in their poetry. In Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73, the speaker uses a series of metaphors to represent the process of growing old.
As we can see Prospero was powerful and important, he secluded himself in a big castellated abbey with lots of provisions, but as death comes to everyone, he died too. That’s what Poe wants to show us. He makes a personification of death to create the allegory and give us this message, which is really horrible and creepy. It’s a message that haunts us after reading the story. It produces a lasting effect on us, different from all the other elements in the story, which produced an instant effect on us, as the language for example.
For example,“The Song of the Mud” contains the line “covers the hills like satin” which is pleasing and makes you feel at ease which contradicts the fact that war is destructive and horrifying. Also, the word “song” in the title gives readers a feeling of enjoyment when in fact, the poem emits gloom. Owen’s main purpose of writing his poem was to expose “the old lie” which is “Dulce Et Decorum est.” This lie says that it is sweet and honorable to die for one’s country; the truth is that it is a waste of human life. Owen had first-hand experience of the tragedies of World War I and wanted to destroy the misinterpretation of it by portraying the reality of war. Yet this reality was long kept from the knowledge of the civilians at home, who continued to write about the noble pursuit of
Edgar Allan Poe is an author who greatly influenced hundreds and thousands during the mid 19th century and still today, with his famous works such as The Tell-Tale Heart, Annabel Lee, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven, and The Cask of Amontillado. All written by himself and his inventive mind, Poe has been providing readers and fans with horrific and dismal writing like no other author. His stories and poems all expressing his writing style with the descriptive imagery, ironic situations, and symbolism that portray themes of death, love, and revenge along with insanity and an endless, chilling suspense that is like no other. Poe utilizes descriptive imagery and has his symbolism help express separate meanings. He often uses suspense
“One of the Best Poems of Edgar Poe” “The Raven” is written by Edgar Allen Poe in 1845. The speaker of the poem is a depressed man who has lost the woman he loved. The author powerfully creates the gloomy atmosphere and depressing mood of the poem when he begins, “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered/weak and weary” (Poe). The use of internal rhyme and alliteration with “dreary” and “weak and weary” is a principal stylistic feature of the poem. One word to describe the tone of this poem would be “mournful.” The stanzas of the poem have almost mesmeric, hypnotic quality with repetition of rhyme words (Edwards).
At first, the world is characterized as “vile” (4), but as the poem progresses, it is “the wise world” (13). However, the speaker is merely being ironic and it is likely that in actuality, he is saying the world is malicious. The following line, “and mock you with me after I am gone” (14) implies that the world will be using the relationship between the two to mock the subject after the speaker is dead. Although both sonnets are ones which contain an elegiac mood, they differ in regards to enduring love. In “Sonnet 71”, Shakespeare argues that love will end as soon as death approaches which evidently shakes the foundation of the theme of love.