Emily Dickinson became very well known for her fascination with death. Many of her poems focus on loss or loneliness, but the most compelling ones talk particularly about dying, specifically her own death and her own afterlife. Her captivation with suffering gives her poems a rare aspect, giving insight into a mind and a topic we know very little about. “Because I could not stop for Death” closely demonstrates Emily’s fascination with her religious doubts and life continuing after death. In this poem, the speaker is looking back on the moment of death, whereas in “I heard a fly buzz when I died,” the speaker is looking at the moments leading up to death, and in “I felt a funeral in my brain,” the speaker is describing death itself.
Furthermore, in “Because I could not stop for Death,” one of the most celebrated of any poems Emily Dickinson wrote, the deceased narrator reminisces about the day Death came calling on her. I have read this poem many times and i figured it out that this poem deals with the Emily’s desire to leave her physical life in this world and begin the eternal spiritual life of the soul. For this, Emily assumed Death as her fiancé. She has been engaged to death, and she is impatiently waiting for uniting with him, so as to begin her endless life. On the way to death, she realized that her life before marriage (or death) is temporary, and the real life will only begin after that; in the eternal journey of the soul.
The poem is about death and focuses on the empty feeling that a person suffers when he/she lose a person; specifically, a loved person. The persona of the poem states some sort of an emotional ritual, the persona needs to continue under the idea and hope of a future reencounter in the eternal life. The second poem: “Why do I love you”, sir? Is a lyric one, this piece of poetry is very expressive and beautiful, in the poem the persona expresses the idea that love is hard to explain and a complicated
Rationale: According to English B higher, I studied Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby”. In order to establish my interpretation of the novel, I decided to write a letter as my written assignment. The task requires to depict the theme of the novel which is the noble deterioration in the upper class society. A letter would be the best approach, specifically for a character like Nick Carraway who showed his feelings regarding Daisy’s act to run away from Eat Egg during Gatsby’s funeral. I used persuasion in the method of asking question in the text in order to make Daisy feel sorry for herself from what she have done regarding her actions.
This is a direct metaphor of the physical changes that undergo as a person passes away. As Death brings her to her new ‘house’, her grave, she describes it as a swelling in the ground. Dickinson rides the line between the reality of the situation, and the description of the metaphorical house. She describes the roof as barely visible—this is the top of her coffin, still undergoing burial. It is made clear that this part of death—the coldness, and burial—may not be ideal, but it does guide her to Immortality.
The poets Heaney and Dickinson both present an image of death through the use of a first-person perspective in the poems “Mid-Term Break”, and “Because I Could Not Stop For Death”. Although both use a narrative style, they create a contrasting impression of death, with one portraying cruelty and suddenness, while the other is calming, polite and an inevitable part of life. In “Mid-Term Break”, a range of techniques such as strong symbolic images, the feeling of isolation, and a detached manner is used to convey death and grief, evoking sympathy from the reader. Contrastingly, death is presented as gentlemanly through the use of various techniques, including a retrospective and narrative style. Through the use of contrasts between expectations and reality, “Mid-Term Break” portrays death as cruel and sudden.
Firstly, I find it a beautiful quote because she’s trying to explain that suffering binds all religions. Secondly – at the beginning of the book, Alaska gives Miles a riddle to solve from a man’s last words: “Damn it. How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?” Miles first interpreted the sentence by metaphorically replacing the labyrinth with life and death. However, on page 102 Alaska revealed that the labyrinth was a metaphor for suffering and that his quest was to end his never-ending suffering. Alaska explains that the person was talking about the pain, the pain which is brought to people who have done something wrong and in return something or someone wronged them.
‘Refugee blues’ is a narrative poem which creates a feeling of a refugee telling a story to the readers. The narrative poem helps creates empathy and compassion as the readers are put in a position where they understand the state of withdrawal. Furthermore, in the poem, repetition is used at the end of each stanza with the phrase ‘my dear’. This structure gives emphasis on the feelings of self-pity, tiredness, and alienation. To add on, the repetition of ‘my dear’ creates sympathy as the victims were the families of the refugees.
Shreya Kashyap elaborates saying that “it only describes the pictures of how tired and jaded they were”(3). With the use of similes Shreya comments, “the poet takes help from the outside to actually describe what he was feeling”(4). Although the speaker experiences these horrific events in person the poet uses similarity to minimize the pain of what he is witnessing.
The “Heaves of Storm”(4) gives the imagery of violent pulls on the speaker’s soul, possibly between life and death. An image like this would be a simple feeling for anyone to relate to because everyone has gone through trying to fight back against a force in which they wish to oppose. Another viable example of imagery could be the eyes that surrounded the speaker on their deathbed. As previously stated this is another instance where anyone would be able to imagine themselves as the speaker. Eyes are strong indication on what a person is thinking or feeling so when the speaker describes the eyes around them as dry this implies that the speaker is aware of the sorrow surrounding them.
This essay provides insight into the experiences and feelings of the process of dying. The author uses materials collected from many interviews and seminars with terminally ill patients. The essay proposes to the reader that rather than ignoring and avoiding dying patients, it is important to talk to the patient about his/her situation. Death is not a subject that people are comfortable talking about it and dying patients are not free to share their feelings with even loved ones. Dying patients feel lonely and isolated, and the author suggests that people should change how they treat the dying so the patients can feel sense of comfort and peace at the end of their lives.