In line 10, Tennyson quickly shifts the mood by stating, “and after that the dark!” At this point, death is here and the speaker is fully aware of it. The dark night sky resembles the end of the speaker’s life. In the third stanza, there is a shift in the poem at the start of line 10. At this point, the speaker has accepted the fact that he will die and begins to imagine the afterlife. The idea of the sailor crossing the sandbar is clear that it is a metaphor for death.
The author means visited by not really living life to the fullest. Before they die they want to experience almost everything there is to experience and not just walk by life. A lot of this poem has to do with the time period, it is from the 17th century and so people’s views about afterlife were different from they are now, and more people were religious and believed in an afterlife. That needs to be taken into notice when
The narrator goes around the place and settles in the “house” which is the grave in this case although it is not illustrated in the poem. The narrator had been settling here for a long time and at this instance death was courteous. In the last stanza, the setting of the poem changes when the reader realizes that the occurrence was after death which means that the setting was different from the already explained in the first three
In the fifth stanza the carriage the speaker is riding in is “paused before a House that seemed / A Swelling in the Ground-.” The house is actually a symbol for the speaker’s grave, but the use of this symbol allows the poet “to lighten the tone of the graveyard scene.” The use of the carriage pulling up to a house rather than a graveyard keeps the poem from taking a more ominous approach, and maintains the mood that was set at the beginning of the poem. The final stanza explains that “Since then -’tis Centuries-and yet / Feels shorter than the Day / I first surmised the Horses’ Heads / Were toward Eternity-.” This final stanza reveals to the reader that the speaker has been dead and living in eternity for centuries and the images that were shown in the first five stanzas were all memories from her trip from life into eternity. From this final stanza the reader can infer that in “Because I could not
The poet uses the descriptive language to create an image of complete resistance to death. In the first line of the first stanza, the poet seems to feel very determined by directly proposing that one should not accept their fate easily. He kept urging the elders to keep moving and not to give up their life easily. It is very confused as he used the words “gentle” and “good” to describe “night” but he urged people not to go into that “good night”. Night can be used in connection to darkness as at night there was no light and everywhere is dark.
Death seems more welcoming, inviting the reader to see things his/her way. “Come with me and I’ll tell you a story. I’ll show you something” (544). This line makes death seem to be also compassionate, always wanting to tell a story to the readers about amazing people he/she has observed throughout life. Since death is a mirror of mankind through the human traits he shows, it makes readers able to see the human race as a whole through Death’s stories which help the reader understand the paradoxical message.
In stanza one it 's abcbddccaaee. These schemes change almost every stanza. I would say that the scheme is not traditional. The poem departs from traditional poems because it doesn 't really follow a structure. You could say that it 's free verse with a large amount of rhyming throughout.
The imagery is the techniques used all over the seven stanzas in this poem to describe the image of the Death the movement, and the sound which included Auditory, Visual, and Kinetic. The First stanza described the environment in the cemeteries, the heart refers to the dead bodies in the graves and a tunnel could be coffins. The dead bodies sleeping in a tunnel which give the image of the coffin and in this stanza the poet also used a Simile in the last three lines by using word “like” and “as though.” The poet compared the graves like a shipwreck that is the death will take the human go down and drowning to the underground like the dead bodies in the graves. The last line “as though we lived falling out of the skin into the soul.” is like the rotting of the dead bodies. The second stanza there is one Simile in this
Death can never be escaped no matter what. In “The Masque of the Red Death” Edgar Allan Poe shows the theme of death, a suspenseful mood, and an ominous tone. Through Poe’s use of literary devices, the reader can discover tone, theme, and mood. Throughout Poe’s life he experienced death with two of his mother’s and his young wife. Death is shown how inevitable it is with Poe’s writing and experiences combined together.