In this essay, I will analyze the poem Verses Upon the Burning of Our House (July 10th, 1666) by Anne Bradstreet, a puritan who most critics consider to be America’s first “authentic poet. The poem is based on a true story as Anne’s house really did burn down and illustrates her meditations on this event, the pain she felt after losing her home and the effect it had on her faith. The main theme is Anne’s struggle to not become attached to material things. I will begin by explaining the rhyme, style, and tone of the poem, continue by explaining which literary devices and interesting features we can find and the effect they have on the reader, then I will analyze the poem and finally I will give a brief conclusion. Verses Upon the Burning of Our House is a poem written in couplets in iambic tetrameter scheme which makes the story flow nicely.
The attitudes to grief over the loss of a loved one are presented in two thoroughly different ways in the two poems of ‘Funeral Blues’ and ‘Remember’. Some differences include the tone towards death as ‘Funeral Blues’ was written with a more mocking, sarcastic tone towards death and grieving the loss of a loved one, (even though it was later interpreted as a genuine expression of grief after the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral” in 1994), whereas ‘Remember’ has a more sincere and heartfelt tone towards death. In addition, ‘Funeral Blues’ is entirely negative towards death not only forbidding themselves from moving on but also forbidding the world from moving on after the tragic passing of the loved one, whilst ‘Remember’ gives the griever
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
Hurst shows the narrator’s remorse of leaving through his use of somber words. After the narrator discovers Doodle’s deceased body, he uses cacophonous, and sorrowful, words, such as “weeping,” “tear-blurred,” “crying,” and “fallen,” to describe the massive regret he had for leaving behind Doodle. The narrator fell into hysteria as he was unable to control his intense crying, so the diction used only could be cacophonous. As a result of Doodle’s death, the narrator and his family left their house at some point in time after the event because the loss of a family member must have had a depressing effect on the atmosphere within the home. After an extended period of time, the narrator returned to his childhood home, despite the painful nostalgia
What is most alarming is not just the unknown of death, but the reality of loss for the loved one who is left behind? Because of uncertainty, many people have tried to explain to the living what lies after death, yet the sad reality is that no one truly knows what’s beyond mortality. Phillis Wheatley try to explain her interpretation of death and her poem title, “a funeral poem on the death of C. E. An infant of 12 months”. Wheatley’s metaphoric description of Heaven transforms the literary meaning of the word from a place into an abstract concept of the mental faculties of her mind. Wheatley also reveals to The Reader through her poem that she is experiencing the five stages of grief.
Anne Sexton belongs to the group of poets usually regarded as’’ confessional poets’’. She uses her poetry as a means to express her sufferings, mental illness and desire for death. The poem ‘’Wanting to Die’’ published in Sexton’s third collection of poems, Live or Die, demonstrates her obsession with death. It is also her literary suicide note as Sylvia Plath wrote Edge, few days before her death. In this poem, she discusses the reasons to commit suicide and her fascination for it with a person who has asked her about it.
Bereavement and the Psyche: A Thematic Approach. The themes of “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and “The Jilting Of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter are similar, in that, both stories seem to portray the importance of following the Kübler Ross Grief Cycle. This cycle is typically referred to as the ‘five stages of grief,’ and is comprised of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, respectively. In each story, the protagonist is affected by the death of an influential person in their lives; moreover, neither follow the suggested cycle. This lack of acceptance coincides with an increase in mental instability and emotional volatility relative to the alternative approach.
I. First Impressions When I start reading the Emily Dickinson 479, I noticed that in this poem the person is explaining their thought's. Dickinson 479, this mostly, sets a very sad mood and she was a maverick for the span of her life and miserably focused on the possibility of death. II. Vocabulary and Diction In Dickinson poem, I noticed word like "Immortality", "Death", "Civility", "Eternity" and etc.
Emily Dickinson suffered lost of sight .She metaphorically used her tragedy and made it into poems of how she felt and how she got accustomed to losing her sight. In Before I Got My Eye Put Out Emily makes it seems as though it isn’t fair that she doesn’t have her sight and all other living things do. She uses metaphors to show the reader how unfair losing her sight was as well. Emily also wanted to show her readers how she accustomed to the losing her sight, metaphorically of course. In the poem We Grow Accustomed To The Dark Emily shows her readers what she had to go through while she was losing her sight as well as how she got through it.
Remorse and mourning are explored in the ‘Mother in A Refugee Camp’, a mother watches her vulnerable dying child fade away, the sense of loss and loneliness she feels inundates her. Confusion is shown in ‘Who’s for The Game’ and ‘The Right Word’ whereas in ‘Catrin’ the conflict of bonds and ties is present. To begin with, the poem ‘War Photographer’, written by Carol Ann Duffy show us the brutality of war and the indifference of those who live in comfort. Duffy emphasises the fact that we live in a vastly different world to those in the war and how this affects our attitude towards war and suffering. Similarly, the photographer feels the conflict of guilt because how far-fetched his life is from the life of the victims of the war.
Watching my grandmother dying made me feel useless. I wanted to do so much more than just comfort her. I wanted to take all her pain away. After reading Worden’s theories and Dr. Kublet-Ross stages of grief I realized I went through a lot those stages, feelings and behaviors. I was passed the Denial stage and went straight to the Anger stage.