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.
Dylan Thomas is a Welch poet who deals with themes such as life, death and time. He is most known for his poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”, which is a villanelle directed at his dying father, asking him not to die peacefully, but to leave his impression on the world and to go out with a bang. Additionally, another poem by Thomas which deals with the concept of death, and the force of time is “The Force That through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower”. When comparing and analyzing these two poems by this poet, the reader can observe his particular use of metaphors, repetition and imagery to convey his inner feelings towards death and its cyclical nature. Throughout both poems, the writer makes use of these poetic devices in similar and contrasting ways to relay to the reader his inner battle with the concept of death.
He goes crazy over his lost Lenore. Poe’s writing of the Raven may have been influenced by his birth mother’s death when he was a child, and the abandonment he experienced by his adoptive family. When the Raven was published, Poe’s wife was suffering from tuberculosis, and Poe’s fear of losing his wife may have also played a bit of a role in the writing of the Raven. A recurring theme in this poem was the narrator’s loneliness, which Poe has experienced numerous times
The Heartbreak That Killed “The Raven” is by Edgar Allan Poe. The Poem “The Raven” is gothic literature. This poem is about how a husband tries to deal with the lost of his beloved wife. Soon after the man starts to lose his mind and senses. The lost of his wife is so dramatizing for him that it starts to affect on his state of mind , also his physical appearance.
Lord Alfred Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar considers the subject of death from the viewpoint of someone experiencing it themselves, and expressing that they hope those close to them can feel the sense of closure that they do. In Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night tackles the same subject from the viewpoint of someone watching their father die, and asking him to fight against death. The authors different viewpoints and opinions on the subject of death allow them to use similar literary elements in opposite ways. Tennyson uses figurative language in the form of darkness and night to depict the coming of death. “Twilight and evening bell / And after that the dark!” (Tennyson 9-10).
Constantly thinking about the death of a loved one must cause extreme anguish and suffering. Brontë also uses caesura in lines one and nine (Brontë 1 & 9). Caesura makes the reader take pause during the poem, literally and figuratively, and really feel the hurt and despair of the speaker, and how long she has been suffering, an emotion that is seen in Romantic era pieces. In stanza 6, the speaker experiences an epiphany; she realizes that she should cherish the time she had with her lover and not live in suffering anymore (Brontë 23-24). The use of a turning point in the poem allows Brontë to have two separate moods in one poem; to have two strong emotions be the core of her poem.
For Poe, this genre might have offered him the chance to write about his sorrows, since, at the time The Raven was written according to Joy Lanzendorfer of Mental Floss6, his wife was deathly ill, he had already lost many to tuberculosis and he must have known, in his bosom’s core, that he was to sadly let another one of his beloved go. This is where both the genre and a dark, ebony omen come into play. It can be said that the gothic genre allows us to discuss quite painful subjects through use of copious symbols and parallels and that we can see the effects of such heartbreaking things on the human mind, that we can gradually follow the decline, the decay one might go through after the traumatising event of losing someone close to oneself. The raven, further, is of importance for it, according to Poe, symbolised “mournful and never-ending remembrance.”7, the type we see in the poem when the bird repeats ‘nevermore’. The protagonist dreads the word for it reminds him of how he is incapable of perhaps ever seeing his dear Lenore ever again and how he is unable to ever forget her, as she has left her mark, like our beloved do on us, on his
The first stanza introduces the reader to the speaker inspecting her mother as she lies in her casket. Mish effectively uses repetition starting with “it” at the beginning of every thought to show her grief is consuming her and how her mother is the only thing she can think about. Mish also utilizes the word “closed” multiple times which reinforces the idea of death to the reader. This introduces a sad tone to the reader that continues throughout the rest of the poem by painting the picture of a deceased loved one at a funeral . Mish continues to use imagery to add to the sorrowful tone.
Denotations are used in the words like death, and coffin, to express her sorrow. When Dickinson’s mother’s health began to suffer, she began to spend more and more time at her family’s house, which gave her more time to write poetry. Therefore, most of her poems were dark, and depressing. For example, the poem “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” reflects on death in a causal tone, she is looking back upon how life had been before and how death came and brought tension to her life. She used carriages as a metaphor of life, and that eternity is the
And not only death, for he considers that the whole life is a state between dreaming and sleeping. When we are not awake, we sleep and when we do not sleep we are dreaming. The whole existence of the humankind is, therefore, a state between dreaming and sleeping. Reality itself is a dream, and death is an eternal sleep. Fernando Pessoa said that when people sleep, they are not alive, a reason why he also says that death must be felt as sleeping.