Many great authors wrote poetry during times of grief, and Longfellow and Lowell were no exception to this trend. The poems “Resignation” and “After the Burial” are both centered around the death of a young daughter, but that is most likely the only similarity between them. One major difference between the two poems is the overall tone. “After the Burial” reads as one would expect a poem about death to; Lowell sounds absolutely crushed with grief. On the other hand, “Resignation” is by no means a happy poem; however, it is clear that Longfellow is able to move on from his daughter’s death.
From the age of eight until her death, Sylvia Plath struggled with mental illness. Along with frequent therapy visits, she wrote poetry to reflect the many events in her life. She wrote about everything, from the things that brought her great joy to the things that drove her to attempt suicide. One recurring topic of her poems is her father, Otto Plath, who she adored until he died of undiagnosed diabetes when she was eight. This event sparked a lifetime of depression and anger towards her father.
Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is a story that happens in one hour and it presents how women were viewed in the nineteenth century. The story is about a woman named Louis Mallard, who just received news that her husband has died in a train wreck. Kate Chopin is a modernist and feminist writer of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Kate Chopin has a similar life to the character in this novel because she lived through the women’s suffrage movement and her husband died at a young age. Kate Chopin began her writing career when her husband passed away.
The Inescapable Theme Gwilan’s Harp by Ursula K. LeGuin, The Washwoman by Isaac Singer, and The Last Leaf by O. Henry, each portray a theme of loss. These three short stories include characters that experience unfortunate tragedies that they must overcome. For example, Gwilan’s Harp involves the loss of a beloved husband. Additionally, in The Washwoman, a death of a hardworking woman occurs. Likewise, in The Last Leaf, a man passed on to save another life.
For Dickinson, she is the complete opposite of happiness. Throughout her poem, “I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –,” the speaker of the poem is dying in her deathbed surrounded by loved ones, and how she is experiencing a memory of death and how she is enduring it. As the people at the deathbed are “gathering firm” around her, they are in an understanding that she will die and are waiting for her demised (Dickinson). The “eyes” of the beloved ones were flowing of tears and crying to the dying loved one of the deathbed (Dickinson). Throughout Dickinson’s poem, no happiness is brought upon inside the poem because all that the author sees the theme of death as sadness and
In As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner is about the Bundren family as they go on a trip to bury their mother in the wake of her death. As they are on their journey they face several challenges and as well as their own emotions as they cope with their mother’s death. The Bundren family each come to terms with their mother’s death in very different ways as seen in Cash, Darl, and Anse. Cash Bundren is the oldest child of Anse and Addie Bundren
Jennifer Ryan Bryant, author of “Saying Goodbye: Elegiac Subjectivity in Wanda Coleman’s The World Falls Away” analyzes Coleman’s last collection of poems before her sudden death in 2013. Bryant points out that even within the subtitles of The World Falls Away, which follows as “Visitations and Sightings,” “Channelings,” “Bleatings,” and “Throbs.” are all sequenced to lead up to the physical reaction Coleman experienced. In addition, the poems in this collection emphasized the pain Coleman experienced during her lifetime as well. One can see in Coleman’s “Sassafras & Morphine” that she took advantage of her pain from losing her son to AIDS to express the exhausting hopelessness that transpired afterwards, as Bryant identifies in her article. For example, in the lines “visits to the hospital then the hospice/ I clean up vomit, pick sheet music up off the floor/ at yet another crossroad.
In the 1890s, Kate Chopin wrote the short story “The Story of an Hour” which brings the truth about women at that time and were considered scandals to the readers. The story “The Story of an Hour” speaking of a woman named Louise Mallard who did feel of joy and freedom after her husband died. Mrs. Mallard has heart trouble and was being good care from her sister, Josephine. Since Mrs.Mallard heard about her husband’s death to when she is killed from knowing that her husband, Brently, still alive is happen within an hour.The doctor said she died “of the joy that kills” (Chopin). Kate Chopin uses the death to
Suicide captures many American each year. Sylvia Plath was very fascinated with death. Her morbid mind and thoughts led to a despised self-hatred. She lost her father at a very young age and captures parts of her life in her novel The Bell Jar. Her death has attracted many Women’s Studies.
The Everlasting Symbols of Irony “When the Doctors came they said she had died of heart disease - - of the joy that kills.” (Chopin 4). The Story of an Hour is a short story published by Kate Chopin that consists of a woman who was diagnosed with a heart disease and appears to present a rather complex relationship with her husband who was presumed to be killed in a work-based accident. Throughout the story, there are symbols that significantly expressed the setting and the primary characters involved. Examples of the symbols could include: a heart as it represents Mrs. Mallard’s heart condition as well as her variant emotions; the window, whether it be opened or closed, could represent Mrs. Mallard’s freedom and life in a sense that she wanted to pass before she found new hope through the observance of the sky, and lastly, the chair which could represent Mrs. Mallard’s freedom and newfound independence after being oppressed within her relationship and society’s expectations of women in that period of time. References to the symbolism of the heart could be found throughout the story